Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History
Author : Yunte Huang
Publisher : Liveright Publishing
Release Date : 2018-04-03
ISBN : 163149385X
Pages : 416 pages
Rating : 4.1/5 (493 Download)
Download Free Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History PDF by Yunte Huang Full Book and published by Liveright Publishing. This book was released on 2018-04-03 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist (Biography) New York Times Critics’ Best of the Year One of NPR's Great Reads of 2018 A Newsweek Best Nonfiction Book of the Year With wry humor, Shakespearean profundity, and trenchant insight, Yunte Huang brings to life the story of America’s most famous nineteenth-century Siamese twins. Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were “discovered” in Siam by a British merchant in 1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this almost implausible story, Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Boston in 1829, first as museum exhibits but later as financially savvy showmen who gained their freedom and traveled the backroads of rural America to bring “entertainment” to the Jacksonian mobs. Their rise from subhuman, freak-show celebrities to rich southern gentry; their marriage to two white sisters, resulting in twenty-one children; and their owning of slaves, is here not just another sensational biography but a Hawthorne-like excavation of America’s historical penchant for finding feast in the abnormal, for tyrannizing the “other”—a tradition that, as Huang reveals, becomes inseparable from American history itself.