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Jonathan Resendez, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Jonathan Resendez)
I love the fact that this book came out in 1989, long before any of us younger readers were reading books that skewed our perception of life so much!
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sixstrng, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by sixstrng)
Just in time for Halloween! I wanted to read something macabre or disturbing or terrifyingly delightful for my October read. Suffice it to say I satiated all those emotions by reading this book. Geek Love is the story of the bizarrely brazen Binewski family of freaks. They travel the country with their family caravan of proud oddities....the Brady Bunch of the carnival side show. Murder and mayhem ensue as the family grows more peculiar with each new addition to the family. This book defies description beyond a more detailed synopsis, but that would take me all day to write and you would still be left scratching your head in puzzlement. I guess you will just have to take this book junkie's word and read it for yourself. I will never forget it. I am still walking around with mind indigestion trying to lose this uneasy feeling as if I'd just witnessed a donkey riding a dog while strumming on a banjo and singing Amazing Grace in B major. Yeah....its that weird.
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mlovesart, September 12, 2014 (view all comments by mlovesart)
I would recommend this book to the right reader- one who appreciates quirkiness and doesn't mind gasping a little. It's not nightmare inducingly horrific, but it does have a certain grotesqueness that some may not appreciate. In some parts, I felt it was a little contrived and that the writing could be choppy. Many laud the book for being well written, but hmmmmm...
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Coco Nelson, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by Coco Nelson)
You will not read another book like this. A story of an aberrant family that curls in destructively on itself, Dunn's characters make a world that is terrific, horrible. Her prose--the uncanny ability to inhabit a moment in the way no other writer could, or, often, would--will unsettle and jolt.
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Lyndsie, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Lyndsie)
My novel workshop professor recommended this to me and lent me her copy. I loved it so much, I bought my own edition. Dunn does a beautiful job on making the unordinary ordinary, on making an unusual family seem as dysfunctional as any other (in their own astonishing ways). The mindset of these people and how they value physical abnormality was so interesting and terrifying at the same time. After reading this, I sought out Tod Robbins' short story, "Spurs." Geek Love opened my eyes, both as a reader and a writer. I admire Katherine Dunn for taking the leap she did to write this book. It easily became my favorite book read in 2012 and quite possibly one of my favorite books ever. I look forward to reading more of Dunn's work.
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Product Details

Dunn, Katherine
Vintage Books
New York, NY
Domestic fiction
Circus performers.
Carnival owners
Freak shows
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
June 2002
Grade Level:
7.95 x 5.1 x .75 in .6 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375713347 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Binewskis are just the typical Portland family: Traveling carnies Al and Lil Binewski breed their own carnival oddities through drug experimentation and radiation. Their children include a boy-fish, conjoined twins, a hunchbacked albino dwarf, and one son without any such talents. Well, the siblings fight, the carnival becomes a cult, and things spiral out of control... then we end up in Portland for an emotional and empowering ending. Okay, maybe it's not all set in the Northwest, but it certainly packs a punch.

"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the book I recommend more than any other — I can barely hold onto a copy of it because I am always giving it away to anyone who I think needs something that will blow the top of their skull off. On one level, it is the engaging, creepy, and extraordinary story of a family of purposely designed circus freaks, as told by the hunchback albino dwarf sister. On another level, it is a story about identity and belonging: How do you define yourself in terms of your family? Your culture? Your body? Your religion? How do you know what or who you really are?

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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....a novel that everyone will be talking about, a brilliant, suspenseful, heartbreaking tour de force." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Page after page she shocks us....A Fellini movie in ink."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully descriptive...the comic exploration of the Geek Love its main success: that and Ms. Dunn's tremendous imagination."
"Review" by , "What elevates this work is Dunn's controlled, matter-of-fact narrative, her skillful character development, and her relentless insistence that we address these people and their concerns in human terms. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "A Fellini movie in ink.... Geek Love throws a punch."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully descriptive....Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination."
"Review" by , "Unrelentingly bizarre.... perverse but riveting....Will keep you turning the pages."
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