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Chang and Eng: A Novel

8 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Darin Strauss.

Narrated by Eng, one of a pair of conjoined twins,Chang and Engis a daring novel that constantly threatens to lose its balance. It's also one that would be hard to believe were it not rigorously grounded in historical fact. Like the (literally) inseparable … see full wiki

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Author: Darin Strauss
Genre: History
Publisher: Plume
3 reviews about Chang and Eng: A Novel
review by . June 03, 2010
This book was very interesting, though at times quite depressing. During the period preceding the civil war, a pair of conjoined twins from Siam are brought to the US to perform by an explotative American. They eventually managed to escape him, and achieve some level of fame and fortune around the world. The pair eventually come to a small town in North Carolina, where they manage to marry a pair of sisters who were pariahs of sorts because of an affair with a black man.       …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Fascinating story of the first Siamese twins to live and make a living by being conjoined.
review by . June 26, 2010
Change & Eng is a fictional story based on the life of the greatest show on earth in the 1800's, the co-joined Siamese Twins. Woven from historical fact, Strauss uses great imagination to fill in the specifics of their lives. The story follows their discovery where they were moved from a squalid houseboat on the McKong River into the palace as entertainment for the King of Siam. Later they toured the world as the greatest freak show on earth and even went on to marry two sisters and birth …
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