by Katherine Dunn
Another book recommended by a family member- this time my husband. It\’s one I felt quite unsettled by, and at the end still unsure exactly what to make of it. It is well-written, interesting and hard to put down. Until you start to feel utterly disgusted. Geek Love is about a family of freaks, in a traveling circus. There is a boy with flippers instead of arms, an albino midget, a pair of siamese twins, etc. But their parents intentionally used drugs, chemicals and radiation during pregnancy in order to create a family of freaks. If that isn\’t horrifying enough, the manipulative, greedy and egoistic characters are pretty unpleasant, and there are lots of disturbing situations, including the building of cults, incest and intentional self-mutilation for attention. I really didn\’t understand most of this book and found most of the characters unlikeable. I only finished it because A. said what a great book it was, but I found I couldn\’t really agree with him. I\’d like to know what others think of it, do let me know if you\’ve read it as well.
Rating: 2/5 …….. 355 pages, 1989