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Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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A Cult Classic with Mainstream Appeal

  • Jul 7, 2010

This book starts out in Portland Oregon, the same place author Katherine Dunn presently lives.  The narrator is the daughter of a circus family, telling the story of she and her 'circus freak' siblings.  The 'geek' in 'Geek Love' refers to her father, who bites the heads off of chickens.  The family travels around, the parents concoct all sorts of ways to make freak babies.  They have special talents.  They start a cult.  But it's not as bad as it sounds- the book is mesmerizing, the characters are colorful, the story is believable while being completely unbelievable.  Some parts are not for the faint of stomach, but I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes any kind of fiction.

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review by . May 06, 2013
Macabre literary fiction that is both innovative and intoxicating.
Breathtakingly original in plot and in character creation, Geek Love is a unique work of contemporary fiction unlike any other. Initially, I wanted to dislike the story of the complex Binewski clan, not because they were a corporate money making carny family whose yearnings for cash was the golden rule and how to get it the all consuming pastime, but it was because of what the senior Binewski did to his offspring in order to make them more profitable in the carny lifestyle, particularly the Binewski's …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
This book is fantastic- well-written and creative. It's also disturbing in some places, and downright gross in others. Still, it's a cult classic and will always have a space on my shelf.
review by . November 15, 2008
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
It was Douglas E. Winter who said, "Horror is not a genre, it is an emotion." With that bold and all-too-true statement ringing in your ears, I will tell you that "Geek Love" is a horror story. The protagonists are not simply trapped by their physical deformities, but also by their own familial love and the malevolent manipulation from one who is of them.     The majority of the story is told by Olympia Binewski, born into a carnival family of intentional freaks. Al and "Crystal …
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This audacious, mesmerizing novel should carry a warning: "Reader Beware." Those entering the world of carnival freaks described by narrator Olympia Binewski, a bald, humpbacked albino dwarf, will find no escape from a story at once engrossing and repellent, funny and terrifying, unreal and true to human nature. Dunn's vivid, energetic prose, her soaring imagination and assured narrative skill fuse to produce an unforgettable tale. The premise is bizarre. Art and Lily, owners of Binewski's Fabulon, a traveling carnival, decide to breed their own freak show by creating genetically altered children through the use of experimental drugs. "What greater gift could you offer your children than an inherent ability to earn a living just by being themselves?" muses Lily. Eventually their family consists of Arty, aka Arturo the Aqua Boy, born with flippers instead of limbs, who performs swimming inside a tank and soon learns how to manipulate his audience; Electra and Iphigenia, Siamese twins and pianists; the narrator, Oly; and Fortunato, also called the Chick, who seems normal at birth, but whose telekinetic powers become apparent just as his brokenhearted parents are about to abandon him. More than anatomy has been altered. Arty is a monsterpower hungry, evil, malicious, consumed by "dark, bitter meanness and . . . jagged rippling jealousy." Yet he has the capacity to inspire adoration, especially that of Oly, who is his willing ...
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ISBN-10: 0375713344 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780375713347 (pbk.)
Author: Katherine Dunn
Genre: General Fiction, Horror
Publisher: Vintage (June 11, 2002)
Date Published: (June 11, 2002)
Format: Paperback: 368 pages, Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
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