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by Darin Strauss

  • ISBN: 0749005262
  • Author: Darin Strauss
  • ePub ver: 1448 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 348
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New Ed edition (2001)
  • Formats: mbr docx doc txt
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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Praise for Darin Strauss and Chang and Eng. Stunning. a haunting and thoroughly entertaining parable of loyalty and love. He has pictured for the reader the wedding of the twins to two sisters and the happiness and the complexities with their relationships.

Darin Strauss is the award-winning author of the national and international bestseller Chang and Eng, as well as its screenplay for Disney Films and director Julie Taymor. Библиографические данные. Chang and Eng. Автор.

Chang & Eng is a book by American author Darin Strauss. It was a nominee for multiple awards, including the Pen Hemingway, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the New York Public Library's Literary Lions Award, and a winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award. Strauss fictionalizes the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker, the first famous conjoined twins, as they travel from old Siam (Thailand) and find fame in New York and, eventually, the Civil War South.

Chang and Eng : a novel. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Bunker, Chang, 1811-1874, Bunker, Eng, 1811-1874, Conjoined twins, Freak shows. Uploaded by LannetteF on October 18, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

by Darin Strauss (Author). 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. This stunning novel combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history’s most famous conjoined twins.

Darin Strauss immerses us in the turbulent lives of the historic Siamese twins Chang and Eng with consummate skill . Darin Strauss has created a true gift with this book. He makes Chang and Eng into two utterly distinct and extraordinary men, never to be blurred into one again.

Darin Strauss immerses us in the turbulent lives of the historic Siamese twins Chang and Eng with consummate skill, intelligence, and sympathy. This is one of the most riskily imagined and successfully realized novels I’ve read in years. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Pilgrims. A brilliant conjuring of a historical reality and a wonderful piece of storytelling.

Chang and Eng - Darin Strauss. The book is narrated by Eng, and we see envy, pettiness, lust, sloth, and a deep unhappiness - always a desire to be apart and yet a great loneliness. janarose1Go to janarose1's profile, opens in a new window. Chang and Eng, the famous Siamese twins, were born in Siam (now Thailand) to a poor fisherman. They learned quickly how to adapt to one another and even to thrive. As teenagers, they were taken to America and toured in a circus/freak show act. After leaving their manager and striking out on their own, they ended up in a small town in North Carolina.

Chang and Eng. Darin Strauss. 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

Chang and Eng. In this stunning novel, Darin Strauss combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history's most famous twins. 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.

Praise for Darin Strauss and Chang and Eng "Stunning. Darin Strauss is the award-winning author of the national and international bestseller Chang and Eng, as well as its screenplay for Disney Films and director Julie Taymor.

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Stanober
Darin Strauss has written an account of the life of the Siamese twins, Chang and Eng; starting with a few basic known facts, he has woven a richly detailed and imagined story of these twins - the difficulties they endured and their satisfactions as well. He has pictured for the reader the wedding of the twins to two sisters and the happiness and the complexities with their relationships. Strauss interweaves their domestic lives and events with the earlier days of their childhood, their summons to the monarchy in Siam where they were held for months, and the release to the land of their childhood and their mother. This is followed by their trip to America where for many years they toured the country eventually ending up in North Carolina where they found their wives. Mr. Strauss has done a very fine job of taking us into their inner world - the emotions and thoughts of the twins; he also has managed to differentiate between the two men, their abilities, behavior, and distinctive character.
I think this book is most interesting to read. Many issues connected with the lives of the twins are raised such as privacy and intimacy as well as the hardships and indignities of their " publicly exposed " lives. Mr. Strauss writes well with genuine feeling for his subjects. The reader feels the challenges and the development of these two men. He has invested their lives with an innate dignity so that the reader comes to a real appreciation for the difficulties these men had to experience and what they achieved as admirable human beings. I bought this book at Amazon.
Itiannta
This is an ambitious and intriguing debut novel, which is based upon conjoined twins, Chang and Eng, who were born in Siam during the nineteenth century. It is through them that the term "Siamese Twins" entered the vernacular. Here, the author takes known facts about these famous twins and weaves an expertly woven story about their lives, while attempting to individualize them, giving each of them their own distinct and unique personality.

The author tells the story of the conjoined twins through the first person narration of Eng. Born in 1811 in a house boat on the Mekong River in Siam, which is now known as Thailand, Chang and Eng entered the world linked together at the chest by a fleshy band of cartilage. It would be this short band of flesh that would forever bind them together, ensuring that they would never have a truly private moment. For their entire lives, they would be bound to each other, and the two would be forced to live as one.

The author explores their private and often strange lives, which the reader views through Eng's eyes. It is through his intimate thoughts that the reader envisions how the twins may have possibly viewed their own lives. The reader follows the path that their lives took, from their poverty stricken childhood on the Mekong River to their presentation to the King of Siam. It then shows how, as adolescents, they came to arrive in America, where they were displayed as oddities. Eventually, they became an international sensation, becoming nineteenth century celebrities.

Amazingly, they went on to marry two sisters, Adelaide and Sarah, with whom they fathered a total of twenty-one children. Chang and Eng set up house in North Carolina, where they raised their family. Still, this book is not so much about the factual portion of their lives, but rather, about the thoughts of Eng, as he and Chang pass through life together. It is a very intimate, insightful look at their lives and, in particular, the longings of Eng to experience life as most do, as one and not as two.

This is a well-written and delicately nuanced work of historical fiction that is highly imaginative. Instead of having the reader remain on the outside of the lives of Chang and Eng, looking in, the author manages to take the reader into their lives, having the reader look out onto the world from the perspective of Eng. Through Eng, the reader sees the twins as having two very distinct and unique personalities and realizes the angst that they must have experienced in never being able to have a truly private moment. At times, Chang and Eng appear to have had a love-hate relationship. This is a poignant and haunting look at these two individuals, who were, by necessity, constrained to live as one.

For those who are intrigued by the lives of Chang and Eng, but would prefer a purely biographical treatment, "The Two" by Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace is excellent and highly recommended.
Granirad
I had heard about the "original" Siamese twins several times and this book gave lots of interesting background information. It was well written and went between their childhood and adult life. Today they probably could have been separated but back them it was not an option and they lived their lives to the fullest.

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