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Geek Love: A Novel af Katherine Dunn
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Geek Love: A Novel (original 1989; udgave 2002)

af Katherine Dunn (Forfatter)

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Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results.
Medlem:jitters
Titel:Geek Love: A Novel
Forfattere:Katherine Dunn (Forfatter)
Info:Vintage (2002), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:own, not read

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Geek Love af Katherine Dunn (1989)

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Strange. Repulsive. Disturbing. I do not love this book, but I do not entirely hate it. Despite the schizophrenic change in perspective throughout the book and the loathsome plot line, I did finish it. Every fiber in me was screaming at me to stop the book . . . I just couldn't listen, something in this sordid tale intrigued me and pushed me forward. Perhaps I was rooting for the few characters who I felt really, really bad for (Chick, the twins, and Miranda). Sadly, though, the "freaks" win out and boy are they awful- not because of their deformities. Their insides are rotten. I would not recommend the book, even if some sections read like poetry. In fact the prose is often weighed down by the author's "flowery" language. Good luck to any who opens this one. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
We are talking literal side-show geeks in this tragedy. A new volume has to be opened on the child abuse literature to contain the brutal fantasies which are the core of this dysfunctional and abusive family drama which consumes 3 generations leaving the barest fragments left to confront other monsters. Compellingly told but deserving of the wide varieties of responses it illicits elicits. ( )
  quondame | Mar 9, 2021 |
hmmmmm; what to say about this book........

Geek Love is a book you can read. I'm not going to say it is a good book, but it is a book you can read. Personally, I wouldn't recommend that anyone read it, but it is a book you can read.

I read it. I read the whole book and I still don't quite understand why; I have given up on books that were better than this. If you could just remove most of the plot and throw all the good bits together, you might have a pretty good short story.

I didn't find this book to be very shocking, but I was annoyed by how shocking it was trying to be.

The characters were not engaging. To be honest, I once read a book in which a can of beans, a dirty sock and a jelly spoon were more intriguing, compelling and more fully realized characters.

Nothing to like here, people, move on. ( )
  Equestrienne | Jan 5, 2021 |
This book is the story of a carnival family who give a whole new meaning to the term "dysfunctional". The parents who run the carnival have decided it would be best to create their own sideshow freaks rather than rely on those they hire who come and go. After a lot of drugs and failed attempts (who are kept in glass jars and lovingly displayed and dusted) they end up with Arty the Aqua Boy, Elly and Iphy the Siamese Twins, Oly the bald albino hunchbacked dwarf, and Chick whose seems like a Norm but in actuality isn't quite normal.

When I started this book, I did not realize how dark this book would turn out to be. It is told mainly through the eyes of Oly who is older now and no longer traveling with the circus. She has a mission to accomplish in the present while she reminisces about the past. She focuses on her obsession with her brother Arty when they were younger. Arty gradually becomes something of a traveling evangelist, becoming the leader of a strong cult following of people who yearn for something else from their lives - something out of the ordinary, the need to belong to an exclusive group of those who do not belong in the normal world. Arty has a pathological need to control others along with a maniacal ego that will stop at nothing - at NOTHING - to make sure those around him always do his bidding.

The book is well written and I definitely did not expect all of the twists and turns in this book. The melding of the two story lines is well done. It was definitely a page turner even if I was squirming and grimacing while I was reading some of those pages. An ugly side of life is portrayed in this story which is not a happy one. The blurb on the back cover made me think this book might be somewhat humorous but the only humor is the bizarre subject matter in the book. I kept thinking "She's really writing this?" but that kept me reading it. I could classify this book as "horror" - people are evil, people are manipulated, people are misunderstood, supernatural forces are in play, and the impression is given early on that things are just not going to end well.

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1 stem Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
It's been nice to watch "Geek Love" -- a foundation stone of disability lit and a love letter to the American road and the Pacific Northwest -- acquire an audience over the past few years. There's a lot about the book that charms. We get to experience the weird, hermetic world of a carnival, to meet a gaggle of unforgettably odd, mostly sympathetic characters, and hear about the experiences and views of Olympia Binewski, humpbacked albino dwarf and all-around survivor. Even though the author successfully avoids most spooky-carnival cliches, "Geek Love" has its own sort of magic. It helps, of course, that Katherine Dunn could write like a champ. Her sentences are both knotty and wonderfully precise, allowing her to lend a sort of forthrightness to material that lesser writers would use for cheap atmosphere.

On rereading "Geek Love," though, I was struck by how dispassionate a lot the analysis that Katherine Dunn includes here actually is. Well, maybe "dispassionate" is the wrong word: many characters in this book do care for each other. But "Geek Love" is much more thematically coherent than you'd think a book about carnival geeks would be. Without being excessively cold-blooded or theoretical, the book really does mean to lay out the various ways in which capitalism makes use of normative and non-normative bodies. "Geek Love" spends a surprising amount of time considering the economic and cultural structures that underlie the freak show. Or maybe it's not so surprising: the Binewskis know that that, at the end of the day, the point of their enterprise is to sell tickets to the norms. The novel's characters helpfully delineate the difference between born freaks, made freaks, freaks forced into normativity, and normals who merely dabble in freakery. The author carefully catalogs not just extreme bodily difference but the responses it elicits: while carnival crowds gawk, monstrous Arturo the Aqua Boy exults in his freakishness. One of the book's characters disfigures young women to make sure that they obtain good jobs at good wages, while, at the same time, most of the carnival's young geeks are bound for Ivy League schools as soon as the summer ends. Freakishness, as a category, is pretty fluid here, but I think that Dunn also wants to demonstrate how tough and resistant to change even the most unusual bodies are. Olympia is, at the time of her narration, already growing old but must constantly strive to navigate everyday life being two feet shorter than most people, and taking two steps to their one. Not that she has she given up on the concept of family, exactly: the blood ties that was always at the center of her rootless carnival experience. Freakishness -- the kind that packs the stands, at least -- comes and goes in "Geek Love", but the body always seems to persevere. This book deserves its reputation as a left-field classic. ( )
1 stem TheAmpersand | Oct 16, 2020 |
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Als untalentiertestes von fünf Wunderkindern aufzuwachsen ist nicht leicht. Als kleinwüchsige, bucklige Albina das gewöhnlichste von fünf Kindern zu sein, ist wohl mehr als nur „nicht leicht“. Binewskis. Zerfall einer radioaktiven Familie ist nicht nur die Geschichte einer Familie, die sich spektakulär von innen heraus zersetzt, sondern ein Roman, der ganz unauffällig wichtige Fragen an die moderne Gesellschaft stellt.
 

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