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Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
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Geek Love (1989)

by Katherine Dunn

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I've avoided reading this for years - grotesque is not something I look for in fiction. Great writing and imagination make anything a pleasure to read! ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
weird, but well-written and highly entertaining ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 18, 2018 |
Honestly, a book this fucked up should not have had been so boring. The entire Miss Lick plotline dragged on for ages and detracted from the overall story. Aside from that, I loved the slow burn of Arty and his quest for power and the whole cult, which is why I'm giving this one a 3.5. ( )
  ireneattolia | Sep 3, 2018 |
The re-read wasn't a success. Oh well, another time. ( )
  ambersnowpants | Aug 23, 2018 |
LOVED this book! Cannot say enough good things about it. Fascinating, crazy, funny, and tragic. Beautifully written story - just great all-around. ( )
  Eric_J._Guignard | Jul 26, 2018 |
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Als untalentiertestes von fünf Wunderkindern aufzuwachsen ist nicht leicht. Als kleinwüchsige, bucklige Albina das gewöhnlichste von fünf Kindern zu sein, ist wohl mehr als nur „nicht leicht“. Binewskis. Zerfall einer radioaktiven Familie ist nicht nur die Geschichte einer Familie, die sich spektakulär von innen heraus zersetzt, sondern ein Roman, der ganz unauffällig wichtige Fragen an die moderne Gesellschaft stellt.
 
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This thing of darkness I Acknowledge mine.
—Prospero, The Tempest 5.1.275–6
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For Eli Malachy Dunn Dapolonia
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"When your mama was the geek, my dreamlets," Papa would say, "she made the nipping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned toward her, waltzing around her, hypnotized with longing."
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It’s interesting that when these individuals choose--and it is their choice always--to endure voluntary amputations for their own personal benefit, society professes itself shocked and disapproving. Yet this same society respects the concept that any individual should risk total annihilation in war, subject to the judgment of any superior officer at all and for the purposes ranging from a promotion for the lieutenant to higher profits for the bullet company. Hell, they don’t just respect that idea, they flat expect it. And they’ll shoot your ass if you don’t go along with it. (Arty)
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A wild, often horrifying, novel about freaks, geeks and other aberrancies of the human condition who travel together (a whole family of them) as a circus. It's a solipsistic funhouse world that makes "normal" people seem bland and pitiful. Arturo the Aqua-Boy, who has flippers and an enormous need to be loved. A museum of sacred monsters that didn't make it. An endearing "little beetle" of a heroine. Sort of like Tod Browning's Freaks crossed with David Lynch and John Irving and perhaps George Eliot -- the latter for the power of the emotions evoked.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:16 -0400)

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Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results.

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