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5.0 von 5 Sternen Makabere und doch ergreifende Familiengeschichte
Um den Erfolg ihres Zirkus' abzusichern, beschließen die Schausteller Al und Lily Binewski, ihre eigenen Kinder als "Freaks" zu züchten. Jede von Lilys Schwangerschaften wird von Drogen, Medikamenten, Giften und schließlich sogar radioaktiver Strahlung begleitet und das Ergebnis sind fünf sehr besondere Kinder: Arturo, der Fischjunge, der Flossen...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Difficult to read, but impossible to ignore
Much like its subject matter, the side show "freak", this book can be ugly and disturbing, but it is impossible to turn away. Told from the viewpoint of the bald, Albino, hunchback dwarf daughter of a mother who deliberately took drugs and chemicals to give birth to freaks for the family carnival. They have a son with flippers, and daughters who are Siamese...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Makabere und doch ergreifende Familiengeschichte, 10. Dezember 2010
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Um den Erfolg ihres Zirkus' abzusichern, beschließen die Schausteller Al und Lily Binewski, ihre eigenen Kinder als "Freaks" zu züchten. Jede von Lilys Schwangerschaften wird von Drogen, Medikamenten, Giften und schließlich sogar radioaktiver Strahlung begleitet und das Ergebnis sind fünf sehr besondere Kinder: Arturo, der Fischjunge, der Flossen anstelle von Armen und Beinen hat und dessen Größenwahn bald die gesamte Familie überschattet; die siamesischen Zwillinge Elly und Iphy, die aus Artys Schatten heraustreten wollen; die buckelige Albino-Zwergin Oly, die unter Minderwertigkeitskomplexen leidet, da ihr ihre Behinderungen als nutzlos für die Show erscheinen, und Chick, der äußerlich völlig normal aussieht, aber eine erstaunliche und gefährliche Begabung hat. Die Show der Binewskis erweist sich schnell als großer Erfolg, aber Arty reicht das nicht. Er will sich besonders hervortun und seine Sucht nach der Bewunderung der Massen droht die Familie schließlich zerbrechen zu lassen.

GEEK LOVE ist kein einfaches Buch. Ich war immer wieder zwischen Abscheu und Faszination hin- und hergerissen. Wer leichte Lektüre zum Entspannen sucht, ist hier eindeutig an der falschen Adresse, GEEK LOVE ist schon etwas schwerere Kost.
GEEK LOVE schneidet eine Menge verschiedener Themen an und der Roman hat zumindest mich zum Nachdenken gebracht. Das Buch setzt sich immer wieder mit den Fragen auseinander, was schön und was hässlich und was normal oder unnormal ist, was Familienwerte bedeuten, welchen Wert Religion hat und wie Liebe und familiäre Abhängigkeiten das Leben der Protagonisten beeinflussen. Die Binewski-Kinder suchen Anerkennung, Liebe und ihren Platz in der Welt und ihr Weg ist nicht immer einfach. Monströse und erschreckende Momente wechseln sich mit Szenen familiärer Einigkeit und Liebe und schaffen so teils sehr aufwühlende Kontraste, die jedoch meiner Meinung nach zu den großen Stärken des Buchs gehören.
Die Figuren in GEEK LOVE sind großartig und glaubwürdig gezeichnet, sie machen es einem aber nicht leicht, sie vollkommen ins Herz zu schließen. Oly, die Ich-Erzählerin des Buchs, hat mich mit ihrem passiven Verhalten manchmal geradezu in Rage versetzt, trotzdem konnte ich ihre Handlungsweisen verstehen und ich habe mit ihr mitgefühlt. Arty ist ebenfalls ein sehr schwieriger Charakter, im Verlauf der Erzählung wird aber klar, dass auch er sein Päckchen zu tragen hat. Auch die teils sehr skurrilen Nebenfiguren des Romans konnten mich überzeugen, obwohl der Fokus doch sehr stark auf den Binewskis liegt.
Insgesamt hat mir GEEK LOVE sehr gut gefallen. Die Familiengeschichte der Binewskis hat mich zwar teilweise entsetzt, trotzdem hat sie mich berührt und im Laufe der Handlung wurden mir eigentlich alle Familienmitglieder bis zu einem gewissen Grad sympathisch. Sehr empfehlenswert!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Difficult to read, but impossible to ignore, 11. Juni 1999
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Much like its subject matter, the side show "freak", this book can be ugly and disturbing, but it is impossible to turn away. Told from the viewpoint of the bald, Albino, hunchback dwarf daughter of a mother who deliberately took drugs and chemicals to give birth to freaks for the family carnival. They have a son with flippers, and daughters who are Siamese twins, and a seemingly normal son who has telekinesis. Katherine Dunn's imagination is frightening. The story runs the gamut from gratuitous violence to incest to rape and murder. I could not wait to finish the book, but once I did, I never wanted to read it again. I was disturbed, confused, intrigued. There are some gaping holes in the story, you have to suspend disbelief, and the current story about the woman who disfigures women with battery acid is downright chilling. But, it certainly captures your interest. It is unique, and I, personally, had seen nothing of its type before. It's difficult for me to say whether I recommended it. I can only say proceed with caution; it is engrossing and also terribly un-nerving.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen kooky and wonderful, 11. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Geek Love (Taschenbuch)
I ran across this novel on a shelf when it was first released and ended up sitting in the corner reading it for hours...too engrossed to pause for a trip to the register. This book is an odd one, but a sentimental favorite for me, and the story while ostensibly about carnival freaks is really about the human consequences of a culture organized around the spectacle.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Strange but in a moving way..., 23. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Geek Love (Taschenbuch)
This book disoriented me while I was reading it, because it's one of those novels that gets under your skin. You know, you look up from reading and almost expect to see the characters standing in front of you. You have dreams which feature the characters or landscapes of the story. You think about reading it when you're doing something else.
That feeling in Dunn's novel is due largely to her matter-of-fact treatment of her fantastical circus family. There is a solidity to these genetic abnormanlities (to say the least!) that is manifested through their behavior and their interactions with others. In the topsy-turvy, insulated world of this family circus, Arturo, a fish-boy, can become a power player, and it is no big deal.
The solid, even treatment of the characters is just one of the strengths of this novel. Interesting in every way, it chronicles the life of a freaskish protagonist who laments her lack of "specialness" -- she just isn't weird enough, and feels a whole different kind of body image angst. The books moves at a nice pace through her childhood and into her questioning teen years, and she struggles with the normal things -- only she is very different herself.
The book can be a bit graphic to the particularly imaginative, but in a really weird, poignant way, and you have already become so invested in the personalities that it seems necessary. It can be harsh and make you uncomfortable, but in a way which is absolutely enchanting.
As you read, you will find yourself surprised...by the funny, warm narrative, as well as by the fact that you will accept the utter strangeness as normal by the time you're 30 pages into it.
This book is excellent...it's a fairy tale with character development, and it's sad and funny at the same time. A must-read for misfits and wanna-be rebels of all kinds.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I hope..., 22. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Geek Love (Taschenbuch)
How surprised was I to hear some book called Geek Love(?) come so highly recommended, and who'd of ever thought I'd read it?... Then find me thinking, "I'm not finding this as disturbing or shocking as it seems set up to be," enthralled though I am... Apart from it's subject matter GL seemed familiar, similar to other works in several ways: writing style, theme, writer's trickery. Comparisons come easy and are valid. Yet this work stands, for me, very much on it's own, and the reading experience suggests it's greater than the sum of it's parts. Maybe it was a philosophy that hooked me (and then came Fight Club... ), or just some magic that I'm not sharp enough to identify. Eventually I discovered my jaw extended, telling me I could be surprised, that I wasn't immune. Oftentimes it was the complete, complex psychologies that impressed me most, and the work suffered when such details were half-baked. In Geek Love's world we may need to suspend much disbelief, but overall I found Dunn's logic surprisingly intricate. Her storytelling I found very effective, ever captivating, pulling me forward, forward, forward, while her "lyric" prose was there entertaining me throughout. Though I wanted at times to take a break (just to breathe, shake off the obsession,and assess: do I really like this book so incredibly much? do I LOVE this book??), I honestly felt rather powerless to slow down. I was also feeling uncharacteristically co-dependent: wanting everybody to read this book, at least talk to me about it, or ask questions, just please be interested too! please? I'll keep my criticisms from contaminating others' experience, but even halfway through, when I was able too pull myself away and relax, I found myself thinking about the book often and eager to spend time reading. Closing the book I may have lost some of my earlier enthusiasm, yet... find me turning back to that most marvelous of beginnings... I am satisfied, and for a time, however brief, I've awakened a bit more love, certainly compassion, for all you individual strangers that I pass out there on the streets of the real (flesh and blood) world. somethings persist: I hope everybody reads this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a good book occasionally marred by awful writing, 25. Februar 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Geek Love (Taschenbuch)
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. It seemingly has many of the elements I look for in fiction: strong plot, absorbing characters, shocking horror and vivid descriptions of evil and debautchery. I love that sort of thing. I find many reviews here criticizing books for their darkness, for their lack of a neat, tidy, packaged, tacked on happy ending so the reader can go away feeling all is right in the world. This form of insipidness is frustrating because it narrows the scope of so many people, forcing them to shun something most likely better and more lasting than whatever cheery nonesense they snuggle up with an hour before bedtime, sucking all veracity from their dreams and trapping them in a schizophenic, skipping record of the same unrealistic thing over and over and over again. Of course Geek Love isn't especially realistic. But, within the context of the story, with a fully heightened suspension of disbelief we settle into taking for granted that someone has telekinetic powers, that someone has developed mental domination abilities, that everyone is schemeing and out to get everyone else and the weak or the kind-hearted are destined for misery. Stripping away the actions, the motivations are very real and the pain suffered by everyone should strike chords with anyone who's ever lived in a family. The main problem, however, is that Ms. Dunn just isn't a very good writer. Oh, she can tell a story pretty well and make it original and unique, but she has a self-indulgent inclination to go off on these philosophical passages, superficially in the narrator's voice, and muddle them up on top of that. These passages, usually taking up the first few paragraphs of a new chapter, are just horrible. Nonesensical gibberish, flowing like a rusty old garden hose with so many holes poked in it hardly anything trickles out the proper end. Perhaps Ms. Dunn felt she was being lyrical, felt there needed to be some superfluous explaination of the narrator's feelings after relating a particularly awful event, but these brief passages make no sense in the long run, with feux-beutific lines and rambling mish-mosh prose. I liked the book, but at times I got so annoyed with this presumption, I considered setting it aside, possibly to wrap up and give to one of my more pretentious friends who looks for deep meaning in every petty thing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Makes you sick, makes you think, makes you keep reading., 21. November 1996
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Geek Love begins with one man's twisted realization of the American dream. Al Binewski, self-made man and owner of a fading second-rate circus, hits upon an ingenious idea: rather than hire freaks and pay them, he will create his own by dosing his pregnant wife with various combinations of drugs, chemicals and even radioactive materials. When these offspring are born, flawed in both body and mind, their parents praise them for their abnormalities and teach them to perform. Seen mostly in flashback through the eyes of Olympia, the bald, albino dwarf whose fairly routine deformities pale next to the more spectacular mutations of her siblings, the novel explores family dynamic in a family where the competition to be the most freakish and thus the most prized is constant and intense. Olympia is torn between her slavish devotion to her brother and lover Arturo (the "Aqua Boy" with fins for limbs) and her other family members, who are constantly endangered by the megalomaniacal Artie's need for fame. This novel is definitely not beach reading - it challenges just about every one of our assumptions about family, love, and beauty. In one early scene, the family is attacked by a gun-wielding madman who takes one look at them and snaps; as he is being arrested a woman comments that he did the right thing, that such a collection of monsters is better off dead - and one is uncertain whether or not to agree with the stranger. Such crises of conscience confront the reader on nearly every page. The plotting and psychological studies are brilliant right up to the Armageddon-like climax. The novel is wrenching, and hideous, and agonizing to read - yet it achieves a beauty that transcends normal perception. It is truly a masterpiece
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Dying to be "original", 9. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Geek Love (Taschenbuch)
How is it that a book such as _Geek Love_ can end up raking in the readership? By masquerading as a tour de force of supposedly unexplored themes. I detest the way Katherine Dunn self-indulgently explained her "unusual" life in her little autobiographical narrative, as if this adds justification to her decision to write such a shallow book. Furthermore, this book has been aided by the reputation which has grown from the ignorance of those who haven't first acquainted themselves with a few more original writers who explored these very themes (manufactured disfigurement as a social metaphor) in much more interesting, not to mention more literary manners. The first such writer who comes to mind is Angela Carter, whose prose may be ponderous, yet it yields the kind of depth that _Geek Love_ is sadly lacking. I am sorry that Katherine Dunn has experienced the kind of success she has. This book has been recommended to me many times, and when I finally ended up (shamefully) purchasing a copy, I found it only good enough to rid myself of (with a disclaimer) to a person who lamented having never finished the book, but who wanted to. This person was travelling to Mexico and wanted something to read. Along with _Geek Love_, (which I was happy to part with), I gave her a copy of _Nights at the Circus_ by Angela Carter and advised her to use her discriminating faculties. Don't further the idea that wholesale rip-offs should magically become bestsellers just because a few self-professed iconoclasts say so.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sick and Twisted Fun (but don't read too many reviews), 28. März 2000
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I read this book way back when it was brand new and in hardback. My (now ex)wife spotted it at a bookstore (thanks to a neon cover), and the title was enough for us. She read it first, and knowing my tastes (or lack thereof), handed it to me when she was finshed. I'm forever grateful. I couldn't remember having more fun reading a book. This is one for the same crowd that digs "Eraserhead" (or its milder David Lynch sibling, "Twin Peaks") or any of the John Waters exercises in depravity. If you thought that "Twin Peaks" was stupid, you'll quite possibly read this book and wonder how ANYBODY could have enjoyed it (that is, if you make it past the first twenty pages).
Part of the fun I had, though, was diving into the book with no real knowledge of what to expect. Heck, the original jacket didn't even have an illustration (as I recall, all I knew up front was that it had SOMETHING to do with a family that bred its own circus freaks). To that end, I think that the reviews do something of a disservice to the potential customer. Part of the joy of this work is seeing what kind of crazy thing will happen next. My advice is as follows. If, after reading this review (and getting a vague idea of what level of good taste NOT to expect), you're thinking about reading Geek Love, do yourself a favor. Don't read any more reviews. Just buy the darn book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Geek Love" redefines the word normal., 27. Mai 1998
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"Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn is one of those books that exists in a world of its own. It invites you in with the turn of the first page and kicks you out with the turn of the last leaving you depressed and betrayed and wanting more. But in a good way. The smells and sounds and sights and sensations of Dunn's mythical world are captivating and scintillating and peculiarly grotesque and obscene and above all shocking!!! Just when you think it's gone as far as it can go, it literally drags further!!!!! The main character and narrator of the tale, Olympia Binewski, is an albino hunchback dwarf who in the company of her siblings is considered TOO NORMAL. Her fish-finned torso brother and Siamese twin sisters are the money making acts of the Binewski family's traveling Carnival Fabulon. The freaky geeks are products of their parent's experimental drug influenced pregnancies, the mother ingesting ridiculously toxic concoctions in hopes of mutating her children so they can become contributing members of the circus family. Didn't I say shocking?!!? But it's not the warped weirdness of this book that leaves you yearning to escape your normal life and live within its pages; it's Dunn's potent words of wisdom and chilling commentary on life's miseries spoken through Olympia Binewski who you grow to love and miss once you've inhaled the book in two sittings.
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