Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.
©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books
Yes, because I like things with a kind of sinister, dark edge. This book is not for the squeemish- it goes through just about every social taboo that families try to avoid.
This book explores the darker side of human nature. The amazing ability for a father to exploit his children in a most merciless manner. He would be the craziest stage parent ever and would definitely have his own reality television show today.
I tried to see the situations through the mothers eyes. She allowed everyone around her to exploit or abuse her children but at the same time saw herself as a loving and protective mother.
Great character development!
I fell in love with the Protagonist!
I forgot I was listening to a book....
The F-ed up family fabulous
'Geek Love' is a rare piece of fiction, one that lives up to its highest praise and proves wrong its detractors. Of all the novels and stories I have read that are included in the growing cannon of "transgressive fiction", 'Geek Love' is both the greatest of those works, and the one that is most truly transgressive. It is a novel that explores what it means to be a freak. What is a freak? Who makes somebody a freak? How does a person become a freak? What is the life of a freak like? Do freaks love? Why are so-called normal people both repelled and grotesquely attracted to freaks? Katherine Dunn explores all of these questions and more with a refreshing candor and a remarkable amount of compassion.
Aside from being a powerful exploration of freakdom, the novel is also the chronicle of a family that is, in their own highly unorthodox way, as all-American as any other. As I listened, I experienced both the thrill of their rise and the pain of their disturbing disintegration.
Where Christina Moore, the narrator of this title, is concerned: I do not think I have ever heard a more lively or enthralling performance of an audiobook. Christina Moore brings each character to life through changes in pitch, cadence, tone, and diction. Her voice captures and conveys perfectly the range of emotions felt by the characters and draws the listener into the story, appropriately enough, like a slick and experienced pitch-man.
After listening to the final words of this novel, you may be disturbed, you may be heart-broken, but you will most definitely not be the same as you were when you started. That is a guarantee from my lips to your ears. So plunk down your two bits and step on in because you won't believe what you're about to see.
I read "Dia's" review and it convinced me to get this book.
I doubt if I would have considered using a credit for it without Dia's words to entice me..... so read that review and include a big "ditto" from me!
Definitely one of my best reads of 2008. I have listened to it twice and will surely do it again.
As disturbing as this book was I loved (some of ) the characters. The book is so well written and I would highly recommend it.
I hate this book. It is so sick and criminal to purposely breed genetic deformities. There was nothing entertaining about this nauseating book in the least.
all the story line
I have loved this book for years-- the plot, the linguistic gymnastics, the bizarre characters-- but this reader takes it to another level. I love her as the voice of Olympia, which is not easy as she is supposed to be a narrator herself. She also captures the rhythm of carnival life in a way that makes me believe this story was meant to be read.
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