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Chang and Eng (2000) [Novel]
by Darin Strauss Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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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.

Original title: Chang and Eng
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaNineteenth Century
FictionHistoricalFictional Biography

Edition #1: Chang and Eng

Chang and Eng (2000)
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Language: English

  • "No one who reads this beautifully written book will ever be able to think of Chang and Eng again as mere oddities, freaks in Barnumís sideshow. Darin Straussís powerful and affecting first novel makes the distant and unthinkably strange lives of the original ĎSiamese twinsí seem intimately and movingly familiar. Itís a marvel of psychological insight and historical imagination" Tom Perrotta, author of Election
  • "What a remarkable first novel! Darin Strauss immerses us in the turbulent lives of the historic Siamese twins Chang and Eng with consummate skill, intelligence, and sympathy. Along with Barbara Gowdyís The White Bone, this is one of the most riskily imagined and successfully realized novels Iíve read in years." Joyce Carol Oates
  • "Chang and Eng rocks with twisted passion, wickedly astute ruminations and a sly and powerful wit. Darin Strauss has crafted a righteously deft and intelligent first novel." James Ellroy, author of The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential
  • "Chang and Eng is a startling and haunting novel. At first glance, the lives it explores seem so utterly foreign that it is impossible to keep from staring. But gradually that sense of difference dissolves until the story of the Siamese twins becomes a mirror in which we can glimpse our own limitations and longings, our own paradoxical yearnings for separation and connection. Fascinating, heartrending, and entirely convincing, Chang and Eng is a deep look at the humanity we all share." Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest
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Chang and Eng (2000)

ISBN: 0965002966

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