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Chang and Eng: A Novel av Darin Strauss
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Chang and Eng: A Novel (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2000)

av Darin Strauss (Författare)

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This stunning novel combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history's most famous conjoined twins. Born in Siam in 1811--on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River--Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Touring the world's stages as a circus act, they settled in the American South just prior to the Civil War. They eventually married two sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one children between them, and lived for more than six decades never more than seven inches apart, attached at the chest by a small band of skin and cartilage. Woven from the fabric of fact, myth, and imagination, Strauss's narrative gives poignant, articulate voice to these legendary brothers, and humanizes the freakish legend that grew up around them. Sweeping from the Far East and the court of the King of Siam to the shared intimacy of their lives in America, Chang and Eng rescues one of the nineteenth century's most fabled human oddities from the sideshow of history, drawing from their extraordinary lives a novel of exceptional power and beauty.… (mer)
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Titel:Chang and Eng: A Novel
Författare:Darin Strauss (Författare)
Info:Dutton Adult (2000), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Chang and Eng av Darin Strauss (2000)

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    Skära för sten av Abraham Verghese (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Cutting for Stone portrays the life of a pair of conjoined twins separated at birth; Eng and Chang is the fictional biography of the famous original Siamese twins, who remained joined at the sternum throughout their lives. Readers interested in conjoined twins may enjoy both novels.… (mer)
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A novel loosely parallel to the Bunker twins. Siamese (Vietnamese) twins for life.
  brendanus | Oct 4, 2018 |
The writing is beautiful. The phrases and descriptions so evocative: "While the world is not a place of widespread kindness, a few oysters thrive in a sea of clams. Occasional grace exists. Mother, knowing my brother and me for more than one child, kept her calm." See what I mean?

But the subject matter here is disturbing. (Chang and Eng were the "original" Siamese twins and became world-wide celebrities.) The book is narrated by Eng, and we see envy, pettiness, lust, sloth, and a deep unhappiness - always a desire to be apart and yet a great loneliness. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 26, 2016 |
i am not a big historical fiction person, but this book is the bomb. ( )
  librarylord99 | Feb 5, 2016 |
Chang and Eng, the famous Siamese twins, were born in Siam (now Thailand) to a poor fisherman. They learned quickly how to adapt to one another and even to thrive. As teenagers, they were taken to America and toured in a circus/freak show act. After leaving their manager and striking out on their own, they ended up in a small town in North Carolina. They married sisters, fathered 21 children and made quite a life for themselves.

I thought this was a pretty interesting book. I did grow tired of Chang and Eng's married life. I wish the story had focused more on their travels, shows and early years. Overall, not a bad read, one well worth picking up. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jun 25, 2015 |
Fictionalized biography of Chang and Eng Siamese twins who toured the world in the 19th Century. Although the book has an interesting premise and I really wanted to like it, it just seemed to plod along. The story is good, but seems to take a long time. It is also told in a back and forth style from the boys birth and then jumping to their adult lives doing this every other chapter. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Mar 9, 2015 |
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This stunning novel combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history's most famous conjoined twins. Born in Siam in 1811--on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River--Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Touring the world's stages as a circus act, they settled in the American South just prior to the Civil War. They eventually married two sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one children between them, and lived for more than six decades never more than seven inches apart, attached at the chest by a small band of skin and cartilage. Woven from the fabric of fact, myth, and imagination, Strauss's narrative gives poignant, articulate voice to these legendary brothers, and humanizes the freakish legend that grew up around them. Sweeping from the Far East and the court of the King of Siam to the shared intimacy of their lives in America, Chang and Eng rescues one of the nineteenth century's most fabled human oddities from the sideshow of history, drawing from their extraordinary lives a novel of exceptional power and beauty.

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