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Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography,Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaitedportrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (18111874), twinsconjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fusedliver, who were discovered in Siam by a British merchant in1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this almostimplausible story, Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Bostonin 1829, first as museum exhibits but later as financially savvyshowmen who gained their freedom and traveled the backroadsof rural America to bring entertainment to the Jacksonianmobs. Their rise from subhuman, freak-show celebrities to richsouthern gentry; their marriage to two white sisters, resulting intwenty-one children; and their owning of slaves, is here not justanother sensational biography but a Hawthorne-like excavationof Americas historical penchant for finding feast in the abnormal,for tyrannizing the othera tradition that, as Huangreveals, becomes inseparable from American history itself....

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ISBN : 9780871404473
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Number of Pages : 416 pages
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Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History Reviews

  • Mom2nine

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is not proof. The book is incredibly detailed with notes and ledgers, all with valid sources. This is more than just a biography, though, with historical details giving an understanding of the time period and contempor ...more

  • Shawn

    Very interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by Chang and Eng since I was very young. My great-Grandpop had an old Circus book that had photos and etchings of them.

  • Jessie Springs

    Quite an astonishing and moving story

  • Thea Marlowe

    Book ok, but a little too much history, less about twins.

  • Richard

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' freakness ' depending on whom you speak with. At the age of 18 they first toured the U.K. and then the eastern U.S. with their shows. About 5 yrs. later on they rebelled from slavemaster, so to speak and became inde ...more

  • Karyl

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live ordinary lives even as they were attached to one another. A few weeks ago, I heard an interview on NPR with the author and knew I had to request this book.

    This is a fascinating look at not only the lives of Chang a
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  • Kaleen

    A very well researched and fun look at the Siamese Twins. I liked this book and found it very entertaining and informative.

  • Joy Adams

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain.