Geek Love

Geek Love 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 Ther

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 OGeek 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.

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  1. Katherine Dunn is best known for her beloved novel Geek Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1989 She is also the author of the novels Attic 1970 and Truck 1971 A fourth novel, entitled The Cut Man, has been in progress for decades and was purportedly scheduled for a September 2008 release.Dunn is also known as a prolific sports journalist in the field of boxing, and has written several articles on the subject.

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  1. Warning this review contains spoilers Read or don t read it accordingly I had a schizophrenic reaction to this book On the one hand, it had a profound impact on me than books even some truly great ones usually do On the other hand, I thought it was sloppily edited, and Dunn s prose ran the spectrum from sublime to clunky and ridiculous The good Geek Love has a handful of the most memorable characters you ll ever find Arturo the Aqua Boy is deftly handled, a megalomaniacal little turd whose true [...]

  2. Whenever you read a good book, it s like the author is right there, in the room, talking to you, which is why I don t like to read good books Jack HandeyThis is one of the only books I plan never to finish I thought the writing was beautiful, and I don t even know that I would say it was badly edited a comment I read in another review , but I hated all of the characters I loathed them by the time I stopped reading I even hated Chick a little bit I skipped some and glanced at the end to see if it [...]

  3. They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made A true freak must be born.Geek Love is an amazing book, audacious, moving, beautiful, substantive, creepy, upsetting, tragic and dark So you think of yourself as different, an outsider, a freak in one way or another Well, maybe you are, but your differences would likely fade were you to compare yourself to most of the characters in this best selling novel from Katherine Dunn, so best selling in fact tha [...]

  4. WTF On the surface, Geek Love has it all jealousy, betrayal, sexual objectification, and murderous revenge It s got a whole shitload of family drama topped off with a generous helping of physical deformities and possibly, possibly, a side of incest That part s not too clear, though The problem is, once you get past the shock value of wanting to fuck your brother who also happens to look like a giant fish, there really isn t much going on here.Right before starting this book, I read Middlesex The [...]

  5. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum It s a snow day today and since my tiny humans are to the point where my snow days are numbered since they aren t so tiny any longer I decided to stay home with them in order to read porn make cookies and hot cocoa and scream loving things out the front door like IT S 10 DEGRESS OUTSIDE GET YOUR ASSES BACK IN HERE BEFORE YOU FREEZE TO DEATH But then I realized this book would be expiring from my Kindle in like a minute and a half so I figured I better morp [...]

  6. Book Circle Reads 26Close to the top of any literature lover s life list of lovely books Well, now, upon than a decade s passing, I can t say I agree with myself here.Rating 3.25 of fiveThe Book Description 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 Gen [...]

  7. Moderato Lightly strummed guitar Two backup singers who constantly refrainSweet sweet, the freaks that you gave to meYou can t beat the geeks that you gave to meA handsome tuxedo wearing guy singsTake one set of Siamese twinsAdd a boy with only finsNo legs, no arms, he swims, he charmsMemories are made of thisThen add some pesticideJust a sprinkle of infanticideIncest and twin sex for the flavorShould you be hard to pleaseVoluntary amputeesWill give you plenty to savorAdd a dwarfish hunchbacked [...]

  8. This book was as good as I heard it would and better I love weird characters and twisted plot lines, but this went so far that it made me very uncomfortable And I love the book for that.The plot is simple and sick enough Al and Lil Binewski, a young couple madly in love and struggling to save Al s family business, a traveling carnival fabulon, devise a plan to keep themselves from going under Al, with Lil s eager permission, exposes his wife to radiation, presciptions, and whatever else may affe [...]

  9. love stories like this Very twisted and disturbing sometimes Strange circumstances, weird characters time skips.Took me a while to read Some parts hard to follow.

  10. If David Lynch wrote a novel, this would be it This novel is repugnant, disgusting, and baffling I loved it Who d have thought that a book narrated by a bald female hunchbacked albino dwarf would be so beautiful The trials and tribulations of the Binewski family are shocking and sickening but yet you feel a strange attraction to this family of freaks This is one of the most original novels I ve ever read, I will never come across anything like this ever again Reading Geek Love is an experience t [...]

  11. If the world is a carnival, then we were all born to be its freaks After all, when each of us arrived on the scene, naked and covered in blood and goo, we were unique specimens But soon after our births, a member of The Cult of Normalcy gave us a pamphlet and offered us the opportunity to blend in with the rest of society Most of us accepted the offer Loneliness is a scary thing, after all So here we are trying to live our lives like everyone else, constantly checking the mirror to make sure we [...]

  12. 4 starsAny book that was written in the early 80 s and is still worth reading today, is almost by definition, a semi classic though cult horror classic might be closer to the mark for Geek Love That s right this is not your run of the mill beach novel I will not be placing this book on my list of Best Ten Novels of the 20th Century but I m sure there are others who will, and I have no basic argument with them Geek Love is bizarre, but only on the surface Fundamentally, this is a solid, serious, [...]

  13. This book is one that has sat on my shelf for several years, and I honestly have no idea why I didn t pick it up for so long Geek Love is a fantastically interesting novel, with a real focus on character development for the Binewski family, who live in a travelling carnival The parents have 4 children, and during pregnancy their mother experiments with drugs, alcohol, pesticides, etc so that her children can be born with various disabilities and deformities that will allow them to bring money in [...]

  14. A true freak cannot be made A true freak must be born When times were looking tough, Al and Lil Binewski used their ingenuity, along with some poisons and chemicals, to come up with a way to keep their traveling Carnival alive, breed their own main attractions First came Arturo, born with flippers for limbs, better known as Arty the Aqua Boy Then Iphy and Elly, conjoined at the waist who draw in the crowds with their song and dance numbers Next was Olympia the albino hunchback dwarf, not special [...]

  15. I had Geek Love sitting on my shelf for three years I got it on May 30th of 2010 when the library of the university I ve been attending was having a clearance This book was among the pile I took home with me It still had its library card attached, and from it I discovered that it was donated to the library on 23 04 1996 and that the last time anyone checked it out was on 25 04 2001 I could understand the library casting it slept on the shelf for nine years, but it wouldn t stop me from giving it [...]

  16. This book is complex, creative, and mind boggling Perhaps the most difficult aspect of the book is trying to grapple with what it s trying to describe into something you can visualize It s not that Katherine Dunn doesn t do a fine job describing her material s just that the imagery is so complex and vivid that it takes a lot out of the brain to envision for oneself.This book is about the outsider making the insider feel bad because the insider doesn t fit with the outsiders This book is about be [...]

  17. Sometimes the universe just wants you to read a book A few months ago, Wired Magazine ran a feature on Geek Love at 25, an anniversary reflection of sorts I m not sure if that is why my book club cohort picked the book or if it was just in the air for another reason, but not long after, it became the official pick for May The article points out that this was an important book cover design for Chip Kidd, who went on to become the best known book cover designer of recent times I d seen this book b [...]

  18. This is a horrifying look between the tent flaps of a traveling carnival known as Binewski s Fabulon Al and Crystal Lil Binewski have a grotesque way of growing your own Freaks, that is A horrific premise and disturbing ideas make for a very different read Be forewarned, this one is way dark.

  19. Like a collaboration between John Irving and David Lynch, this audaciously conceived, sometimes shocking tale of love and hubris in a carnival family exerts the same mesmeric fascination as the freaks it depicts, despite essential structural flaws In language as original and fantastic as her story, Dunn Attic, 1970 Truck, 1971 tells the tale of Binewski s Carnival Fabulon, an unremarkable traveling show until patriarch Aloysius decides to breed his own freaks Using drugs, insecticides and radioa [...]

  20. i hated this book and i try not to be offended that so many people i know liked it basically it was too insanely triggering to me to get any enjoyment out of it whatsoever i generally don t really enjoy people using metaphors taken from other people s experiences, and this happens a lot around amputation since amputation is something i have actually experienced, and has impacted my life in ways i can still only begin to understand or describe, there is nowhere for me to go with a book like this [...]

  21. I just realized I never added my favorite book of all time to my GR shelf Don t expect a review though because my memory for details is shit Only major plot spoilers stick in my head I ve read it twice and will read it again and review it then You should read it That s all I m saying.

  22. What is with Portland Oregon brews these freakish, fantastical authors fascinated with the off color beauty of the grotesque Not to say that both Palahniuk and Dunn are not genius s, but it s weird man Weirdly coincidental.So anyway, Geek Love is about this family of carnies carnival workers to the less colloquially gifted that decides to chemically engineer their children The wife takes arsenic and radioisotopes while pregnant, and the result is a family of freaks One has fins, one is a hunchba [...]

  23. This book has been sitting on my shelf for 20 years It was purchased at the Bay Ridge branch of the Brooklyn Public Library by my Aunt Peg The book bears a curious inscription on the upper right hand corner of one of the blank end pages 33,000,000 1 27 95 I don t know what that means but she died of cancer not long afterwards so it and the book have acquired a kind of totemic power over my imagination I understood that Geek Love would be dark because all books about the circus are dark, but not [...]

  24. This is a VERY early pre review, but we are buddy reading this at the MacHalo group during our 2016 February Taboo Disturbing Themed Month We are also reading Lolita, Flowers in the Attic, and The End of Alice So let me know if you want to get in on the action Geek Love starts February 10, 2016 Yes, we plan that far ahead Sometimes.

  25. This book tugged at every emotion I have Laughter and tears were in the lead during most of the book, but in the end frustration won I was so frustrated with how amazing this book could have been It was on the verge of greatness and fell short While frustration did win in the long run, I must admit immediately after reading the last page, I curled up in a ball and sobbed, wondering how I could go on in life after what happened to these people that don t exist It took me a couple of days to recov [...]

  26. They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made A true freak must be born Katherine DunnI loved this book For some reason this was one of those that I kept putting off because it didn t sound interesting,but now I know I was missing out on a great story.This was such a unique view of a family of freaks who are born, live and die as part of the carnival circuit Mother and father with their living children, the Siamese twins, Oly, the albino hunchback, [...]

  27. SpoilersA fucked up, incestuous, surreal carnival story filled with horrible characters who have little to no redeeming qualities I spent most of my time cringing and shuddering in revulsion whilst reading Geek Love, but in a can t look away car crash what s going to happen next these characters make me sick but every disturbing thing they do is oh so engrossing kind of way It was utterly absorbing in its WTFery and uniqueness Hmm, not really sure where to start with the story so I ll just talk [...]

  28. I have copied the lyrics of the following My review is after them for a reason Emerson, Lake and Palmer Karn Evil 9 Lyrics from Brain Salad Surgery Karn Evil 9 is track 5 on the album Brain Salad Surgery.Welcome back my friends to the show that never endsWe re so glad you could attendCome inside Come inside There behind a glass is a real blade of grassbe careful as you pass.Move along Move along Come inside, the show s about to startguaranteed to blow your head apartRest assured you ll get your [...]

  29. This book isn t about the blossoming romance between two hapless nerds Geek refers to a circus person who rips into live chickens with their bare teeth, killing them by snapping the chickens necks It s a good book.

  30. I had been looking forward to reading this for years, and I may give it another try later potentially a case of the right book at the wrong time but by page 17 I was feeling sick to my stomach and shall not continue at this time, that s for darn sure YuckFirst bail of 2018, ladies and gentlemen

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