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...
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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Vintage Books USA -
by Jordan G.,
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.
by Jordan G.
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 Publishers Weekly,
"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
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Page after page she shocks us....A Fellini movie in ink."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Wonderfully descriptive...the comic exploration of the peculiar...gives Geek Love its main success: that and Ms. Dunn's tremendous imagination."
by Joseph M. Levandoski, Library Journal,
"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."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"A Fellini movie in ink.... Geek Love throws a punch."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Wonderfully descriptive....Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination."
by Chicago Tribune,
"Unrelentingly bizarre.... perverse but riveting....Will keep you turning the pages."
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