By Darin Strauss
Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat at the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker have been foreign celebrities sooner than the age of twenty. traveling the world’s levels as a circus act, they settled within the American South simply ahead of the Civil battle. They ultimately married sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one kids among them, and lived for greater than six many years by no means greater than seven inches aside, connected on the chest by way of a small band of dermis and cartilage.
Woven from the cloth of truth, fable, and mind's eye, Strauss’s narrative provides poignant, articulate voice to those mythical brothers, and humanizes the freakish legend that grew up round them. Sweeping from the some distance East and the court docket of the King of Siam to the shared intimacy in their lives in America, Chang and Eng rescues one of many 19th century’s so much fabled human oddities from the sideshow of historical past, drawing from their outstanding lives a unique of remarkable strength and beauty.
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