Geek Love

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Ing bodies 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 A true freak cannot be made A true freak must be bornWhen times were looking tough Al and Lil Binewski sed their ingenuity along with some poisons and chemicals to come The Adventures of Rodger Dodger Dog 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 Aua 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 enough to warrant her own show butniue enough to keep around to help behind the scenes and finally came Chick Sweet cherubic and Dont Ask, Dont Tell utterly normal on the outside at least Told through the voice of Oly we follow the rise and fall of the Binewski clanMy God what a wild ride Jealousy greed murder cultism violence love loss revenge there isn t much this book doesn t cover Katherine Dunn does a beautiful job of describing the freakish surface details of her characters and the whole Carnival life while at the same time making each of themtterly human and easily relatable on the inside This is simply a coming of age story revolving around a family in a very Alexander Hamilton uniue situation and is beautiful and horrifying and deeply moving all at once If the world is a carnival then we were all born to be its freaks After all when each ofs arrived on the scene naked and covered in blood and goo we were Starting Today uniue specimens But soon after our births a member of The Cult of Normalcy gaves a pamphlet and offered Oxygen us the opportunity to blend in with the rest of society Most ofs 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 look like everyone else and taking some time out of our day to laugh and gawk at those who have failed miserably at our collective endeavor If what we see in the mirror doesn t reflect the rest of society we do things to fix ourselves It s exhausting work trying to be like everyone else but it s worth it because we re not alone and that makes Signs of War and Peace us happy rightI love Geek Love for reminding me that I m a freak I am the only person who popped out of my mother s vagina on a certain Sunday in November of 1978 at 1056 am at a little Catholic hospital in suburban Maryland No one other than me has my brain my heart and my penis and it is time I startedsing all three of them to the best of their individual abilities Sorry ladies I m happily married I ll finish with a great ote from the book There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it They affect flamboyant behavior and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time They claim brains or talent or indifference to s in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrityThen there are those who feel their own strangeness and are terrified by it They struggle toward normalcy They suffer to exactly
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degree that they nable to appear normal to others or to convince themselves that their aberration does not exist These are true freaks who appear almost always conventional and dull Find all of my reviews at 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 "to stay home with them in order to read porn make cookies 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 morph my plan and get a review churned out right ickTo be my plan and get a review churned out right ickTo be I don t really know what to say Geek Love has been on my TBR since 2012 I m fairly certain I even checked it out from the library at one point and returned it without reading When Ron 20 was trying to bait all Our Martyred Lady us creeps with his Last Dayspdates someone mentioned Geek Love and since I m an asshole I went with that one rather than Ron s choice Enough with the backstory right You probably want to know about the book Well it goes a little something like this Tell about the time when Mama was the geek Y all know what a geek is right Well yeah but this one isn t about the kind of geek McDreamy was before he got dreamy It s about this kind That was Mama Lil Lil had big dreams of being a trapeze girl but an Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness: A Proactive Guide to the Psychology of Motivation unfortunate accident proved that wasn t meant to be Lil became the geek instead catching the eye of Papa Al With the help of some choice dope a few insecticides and a handful of radioisotopes the two Binewskis created a veryniue family Geek Love is the story of family of sibling rivalry of sacrifice of religion and a need for fame and glory It definitely reminds Understanding the Mass us all to And featured a character that even though it s the first week of the new year I will remember forever Oh little Boychick I have never read anything like it and highly doubt I ever will I don t know who to recommend this to because it is most assuredly not a story for everyone But if you have a taste for thenusual and appreciate writing that isn t overdone or purple but still makes an impact Do you know what the monsters and demons and rancid spirits are Us that s what You and me We are the things that come to the norms in nightmares The thing that lurks in the bell tower and bites out the throats of the choirboys that s you Oly And the thing in the closet that makes the babies scream in the dark before it suc. Rthy 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 assetAs the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the US inspiring fanatical ,

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 Their Reluctant Submissive (Knights in Black Leather, 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 pestic WTFOn 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 hereRight before starting this book I read Middlesex The similarities in theme except for the bit about the giant fish arencanny there s incest sexual objectification and also a shitload of family drama The difference is Middlesex is an engaging novel while Geek Love on the other hand falls sadly flat Besides the fact that I m not Ethics Playbook usually keen on weakling protagonists Oly is a patsy who gets pushed around her entire life by her older brother whom for some reason she never standsp to I was actually disturbed by the whole Miss Lick situation I believe she s supposed to be like a second coming of Dr Phyllis disfiguring her clients as a means of helping them achieve enlightenment yet for some strange reason she wants to remove Miranda s tail I don t get it You d think she d want to make it bigger or help her grow a second one or something The premise of this just doesn t seem very well thought out to meChick is the one thing I did love about this book though and Geek Love could have How to become a Kingdom Millionaire used a lot of of him But as for the rest of the Binewskis I could take em or leave em I mean they might be marginally interesting but not enough for me to care what endsp happening to them So by the time whatever happens to them The Duchess of Vidal um happens I had pretty much lost interest The Binewski Family 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 that I highly recommend to everyone living or dead You ll feel sick with awe 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 veryncomfortable And I love the book for thatThe plot is simple and sick enough Al and Lil Binewski a young couple madly in love thatThe plot is simple and sick enough Al and Lil Binewski a young couple madly in love struggling to save Al s family business a traveling carnival fabulon devise a plan to keep themselves from going nder Al with Lil s eager permission exposes his wife to radiation presciptions and whatever else may affect her pregnancies in nforeseen ways The result is a line of children who are so strange that the the traveling carnival now has its main attraction a bloodline as part of one of the most bizarre freak shows of all time I don t want to say any about the book then that but its really amazing Expect to be disgusted expect to be appalled expect one of the most despicable antagonists in literary history and expect one of the most repulsively loveable protagonists ever envisioned This is a brutal and horrific book that also succeeds to be hysterical and heartbreaking not to mention incredibly human and that may be the most Du fährst zu oft nach Heidelberg und andere Erzählungen uncomfortable part of all How these freaks of nature succeed so well at reflecting the inner side of emotion which is human than one could ever hope their physical appearance can be In short expect to see yourself in and everyone you know in one character or another There is a little bit of Chick and Arty in all ofs This book is incredible They thought to The Winning of Andromache 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 creepypsetting 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 that it has never been out of print And in addition to being a popular success it was a critical one as well earning a spot as a finalist for the 1989 National Book AwardA word of warning several actually for those who are familiar only with the contemporary meaning of the word geek Before the word had its DNA mutated to mean an expert particularly of the techie variety before serious people proclaimed that the geeks will inherit the earth the word referred specifically to carnival performers who engaged in "the very n nerdy practice of biting the heads off live "very n nerdy practice of biting the heads off live for paying audiences Let s see a show of hands How many of you folks out there how many nerds in particular would be interested in returning to etymological roots and getting your McNuggets started the old fashioned way Not many But you in the back with your hand Male Medusa, Caught in Coils (Otherkind Kink: Male Medusa, up Do me a favor please and read some other review Thanks Of course this was not a problem for Crystal Lil Somehow it did not freak her husband out that she got off onsing her teeth to remove small heads from iver. 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 Auaboy who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition wo. .

Ks their last breath that s me And the rustling in the brush and the strange piping cries that chill the spine on a deserted road at twilight that s the twins singing practice scales while they look for berries You should give it a go and become one of s 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 would be worth finishing but I couldn t get too excited about anything I saw If anyone has a good reason for me to finish this book I would be interested to hear it I was recommended to read it by two very different people the prom The Man They Wanted Me to Be ueen my Senior year of high school and a friend of mine who was later lockedp in a high security mental ward in Seattle Made me want to give it a try you know I don t know if I ve ever hated so many characters in a book as though they were my personal enemies This book sat inside my nightstand for a couple of months and then I just couldn t stand having it there any knowing it might be sneaking out and watching me while I slept I took it to the library and handed it to one of the customer service people asking him if I could give it to the library I didn t want to sell it to a Literacy used book store and then have someone make the mistake I made of actually spending money on it and I couldn t throw it away because I do think it s well written so I had to give it respect than that The man tried to scan it for about thirty seconds as though I was returning it No I explained I m not returning it I just want to give it to the library if that s okay Oh he said looking at his computer screen and not giving any other response I walked awayickly just in case he was planning to tell me I couldn t leave the book He s the librarian here at the Eugene Public library with the handlebar mustache and the greying hair with a bowl cut who looks like he s part basset hound That s a pretty irrelevant story but why are you still reading this that s what Katherine Dunn said 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 sually 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 Aua Boy is deftly handled a megalomaniacal little turd whose true gift is not his freakish nature but his incredible powers of manipulation His slow seizure of power behind the scenes at the Binewski Fabulon and his exploitation of his followers after the inception of the Aruturan amputation cult are handled perfectly Elly and Iphy the Siamese twins are also done well especially after they blossom into sexual maturity Dunn could have easily fell into trite clich when she has the two conjoined girls bicker and fight but their personalities are rich enough that it s never an issue Throw in lesser characters like the Bag Man and Dr P both of whom are hard to stomach for different reasons and you have a virtuoso ensemble "cast I also admire the way the reader s ideas about Al "I also admire the way the reader s ideas about Al Crystal Lil as parents changes slowly Aside from dosing his willing wife with bizarre drug cocktails in order to sire a brood of freaks to populate his carnival Al seems like a model father at the beginning of the book but our view of him changes as the book progresses The story of the Binewski children and the fiery demise of everything they know is mind blowing To ote the blurb on the back cover this book throws its sulfurous light on the notion of what s normal and what s freakish not just in terms of outward appearance but in our heads as well To say that Geek Love is often Die Plotter unsettling is a ranknderstatement but the book holds its dark thrall not by describing the physical deformities embodied by the characters but by forcing that The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl unflinching view inward In that regard Geek Love feels epic and important The Bad Dunn needs an editor with a big red pen and the balls to call her on the carpet when her writing gets way to precious She has a real tendency to over write Often she makes a nifty turn of phrase only to bury it with another paragraph ofseless description and clunky metaphor While the overall effect of the novel is pretty marvelous on the sentence level Dunn is sometimes a hack I was also disappointed in the way Chick s inferno was described Dunn doesn t think twice about spending four or five pages describing say the horse Arty has lopped off at the knees She ll write an entire paragraph about Miss Lick cooking popcorn or Chick cleaning Arty s tank But the climax of the novel gets barely a page and leaves readers scratching their heads A bigger editing problem a page and leaves readers scratching their heads A bigger editing problem the whole frame story of the now adult Oly and her Killing the Truth uest to save her secret daughter s literal tail The whole Miss Lick saga adds nothing to the book and drags it down It seems added on in an attempt to make the book seem sophisticated what with the chronological shifts and simultaneous story telling The novel would have been much tighter and stronger had it focused on the story of the Fabulon The Bottom Line This is a book that flirts with being truly great but only endsp being pretty damn good. Evotion 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 At Any Cost ugly the holy and the obscene Family values will never be the same.