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Geek Love

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ISBN13: 9780446391306
ISBN10: 0446391301
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Publisher Comments:

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out — with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes — to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There's Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan... Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins... albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family's most precious — and dangerous — asset.

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.

Review:

"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:

"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." Joseph M. Levandoski, Library Journal

Review:

"Page after page she shocks us....A Fellini movie in ink." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Wonderfully descriptive...the comic exploration of the peculiar...gives Geek Love its main success: that and Ms. Dunn's tremendous imagination." New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Katherine Dunn is a best-selling novelist, journalist, voice artist, radio personality, book reviewer, and poet from Portland, Oregon.

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TrG, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by TrG)
Geek Love is a stunning look at not only human beings and their place within society, but also the Pac NW, the area adds a nice drool to the whole story. This family of oddities, created through various chemicals and spirited ways, engages both the reader's brain as well as heart. Arty, one of my favorites, gathers his own following yet as a simple reader I wish I could join in on his Arturism. That this story was released almost 25 years ago does not make it feel dated or unrelatable.

The moment that stands out for me as a parent is when the Binewski family is about to leave their newest addition, Fortunato aka the Chick, abandonded at a gas station. Lil, his mother, is writing a note to tape to his box and she makes sure she is using proper language so whomever finds Chick won't think the family that left him behind had no class. The scene unfolds in such a vivid almost sci-fi way that you cannot but help feel the magic of the grand storytelling and wonderful playfulness with words.

If you are reading something else right now and have never read Geek Love, drop it. Go pick up Geek Love, it really is an astonishing novel, almost too hard to explain or review in text. Dunn's words are so well selected, so original and magical. Thank you Katherine Dunn.
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TrG, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by TrG)
Geek Love is a stunning look at not only human beings and their place within society, but also the Pac NW, the area adds a nice drool to the whole story. This family of oddities, created through various chemicals and spirited ways, engages both the reader's brain as well as heart. Arty, one of my favorites, gathers his own following yet as a simple reader I wish I could join in on his Arturism. That this story was released almost 25 years ago does not make it feel dated or unrelatable.

The moment that stands out for me as a parent is when the Binewski family is about to leave their newest addition, Fortunato aka the Chick, abandonded his mother is writing a note to tape to his box and she makes sure she is using proper language, so whomever finds Chick won't think the family that left him behind had no class. The scene unfolds in such a wild almost sci-fi way that you cannot but help feel the magic of the grand storytelling and wonderful playfulness with words.

If you are reading something else right now, and have never read Geek Love, drop it. Order or go pick up Geek Love, it really is an astonishing novel, almost too hard to explain or review in text, Dunn's words are so well selected, so original and magical. Thank you Katherine Dunn.
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ellylives, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by ellylives)
I have read tens of thousands of books, and this is one of my fondest experiences with a story...the characters will lay eggs in your brain, but trust me...in this case, that's a good thing. Unmatched brilliance in these pages: just read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446391306
Publisher:
Warner Books, Inc.
Location:
New York, NY :
Author:
Dunn, Katherine
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Family -- Fiction.
Subject:
Carnival owners
Copyright:
Series Volume:
[no. 75]
Publication Date:
1990
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
355 p.
Dimensions:
8.00x5.29x1.05 in. .77 lbs.

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Geek Love
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Product details 355 p. pages Warner Books, Inc. - English 9780446391306 Reviews:
"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 , "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 , "Page after page she shocks us....A Fellini movie in ink."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully descriptive...the comic exploration of the peculiar...gives Geek Love its main success: that and Ms. Dunn's tremendous imagination."
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