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We are the new gods, creating in our own image. The mythologies we instantiate will echo forward from a strangely prescient past. Those ancient Greeks were onto something; it just took us a while to become able to build what they thought of. The line between reality and virtuality gets blurrier by the day. At what point do they become indistinguishable?

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I picked this book out rather randomly at the library because I was drawn to the cover design; I'm glad I did.


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I didn't immediately take to it because the narrator's reminiscing at the beginning can be a bit confusing--it lacks chronological order and mentions a lot of names without first explaining who the people are; however, once a proper narration began, the story held my attention--perhaps even more so because I al I'm writing this review because I'm surprised there are none already posted.

I didn't immediately take to it because the narrator's reminiscing at the beginning can be a bit confusing--it lacks chronological order and mentions a lot of names without first explaining who the people are; however, once a proper narration began, the story held my attention--perhaps even more so because I already had pieces of the puzzle before it was revealed to me in the proper context. The narrator, Chang, is one of Siamese twins, joined to his brother Eng by a bridge of flesh at their waists.

The story takes place in three different countries. Early in life they are forced by circumstances and bad luck to leave to Paris, where they are exploited for the profits of others and deserted in extreme conditions of poverty; and later to America, where they eventually settle down as farmers in North Carolina. Although they find some peace, it is short-lived, because the Civil War breaks out and disrupts life. I would mark this as containing spoilers, but I don't think it reveals much more than the book description does, and really it leaves out all of the specific misfortunes they endure.

In short, if something can plausibly go wrong for the main characters, it does. There isn't really a moment without some conflict or foreshadowing of conflict. Because of the book beginning with the narrator as an adult more than just hinting at unhappiness and tragedy, even moments of bliss during the "flashback" are not without the reader's awareness that it will not last. If the brothers are not in conflict with the outside world, then they are suffering from an emotional rift between themselves, which is most evident and troublesome as Eng embraces Christianity and Chang does not.

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Eng clings to Christianity, I believe and it seems his brother believes so as well , because of the idea that we are all equal in the eyes of God. It is natural that someone who has been mostly treated as inferior by his fellow men that he would long desperately for equality.

Still, the losses the two endure are more than enough to justify Chang's disbelief. It is a wonder that two people, who experience practically all of the same external factors, could differ so greatly in their chosen responses and beliefs.

The conflict between the two as well as other instances displays their stubbornness, their tempers, and that they are very much human, not just cardboard-cut characters vying for the reader's pity. It isn't by any means a feel-good story, but the subject matter is intriguing, and the writing is, at times, very beautiful.

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The author manages to take characters who just by their condition alone will incite the readers' curiosity, and fleshes them out so that there is more to them than that condition. They are dynamic, three-dimensional characters, with pride and shame, just like anyone else, who strive to make their own place in the world, all the while witnessing the fickle nature of the public--one minute being praised as creatures of God; the next, being ridiculed as a monstrosity.

I love knowing that any time I pick up a book by Mark Slouka that I will find something wonderful. He is such a beautiful writer. This story was not one that I would have thought could be done so beautifully, but it surprised me. I definitely recommend him to all who enjoy language and storytelling.

I don't believe in plot summaries, so instead I will say that I was mesmerized. If you want to learn about life for Siamese twins during the Civil War in a way you never imagined, dive in! Feb 19, Nina rated it liked it. This novel about the lives of Eng and Chang, the "original Siamese twins," is told from Chang's perspective. It was OK, but seemed rather shallow to me. I didn't think the self-reflections went very far. The early part of the book was more like a travelogue of the scenery We saw this.

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We saw that. Second half was better, although the end spent too much space on observations of the Civil War, which has already been covered in considerable depth in other books. There wasn This novel about the lives of Eng and Chang, the "original Siamese twins," is told from Chang's perspective. There wasn't a single line about how they met, courted, and married the sisters who were the mothers of their 21 children, and no real discussion of the children at all other than Chang's first born. There was so much more potential here for an insightful book than what God's Fool offered.


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  • I liked it more for the very true and insightful observations about memory and narrative and the blurry line between the two. Also fascinating to ponder the question of what binds us to one another and what tears us apart. I found the jumping between time periods confusing at times and wished some of the stories were fleshed out a bit more.

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    I felt like I was constantly reading a puzzle. The auth author would tell the end of a story,and then tell the story. The writing was vague. I was never really sure what was happening, especially at the end. It was a good story, just frustrating to read. I will never forget this book The characters are so interesting and well rounded.

    I was sad that the book ended where it did as I wanted to know the rest of the story. This was a very strange, oddly witty and seemingly sad book. Based on the possible lives of Siamese twins born years ago and were a sensation with the Barnum Circus. Still rolling the story around in my mind. Just could not finish it. It felt like it was plodding along, more prose than non-fiction. Maybe I had different expectations, but whatever it was, it was unreadable to me. I would recommend that people shouldn't waste their time reading this book. Mar 25, Alicia rated it did not like it.

    I could not finish this book. I was not fond of the writing style. I really like the subject. Hopefully others find the book to their liking.

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    Historical fiction; story is based on the conjoined twins from whom the term "Siamese twin" was originally coined. Fascinating storyline. Perfect example of the American Dream. I Historical fiction; story is based on the conjoined twins from whom the term "Siamese twin" was originally coined. I would read Slouka's short stories. I would read other historical fiction about Chang and Eng.