(YA) iss Hunter is a descendant of the Scotsman who discovered the original iamese twins in 1811 and her account of Chang...

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(YA) iss Hunter is a descendant of the Scotsman who discovered the original iamese twins in 1811 and her account of Chang and Eng, sometimes abbreviated to Chang og, is handled with a respect for taste as well as recorded history. At no point oes she pander to the peepshow, freakshow features inherent in the peculiar circumstances of their birth, face to face, joined at the chest. And at all points she takes into account their terrible bondage, truly a tragic togetherness, as well as the fact that this kind of twinship does not have that special kinship-- Chang and Eng were temperamentally different leading to increasing quarrelsomeness in their old age. This hen is the story of their discovery; their importation to America and ultimate hook-up ith Barnum; their retirement from the stage to settle down in North Carolina. There, aking love pretty fast"" (their words in a letter to Hunter) they secured the affection of Sarah and Adelaide Yates, and while the courtship was not tolerated by the local olk, these strong-willed girls followed them north to marry them, and the double union resulted in 22 children. Peevish in his old age, Chang began to drink and with his eterioration Eng's worst fears came true-- Eng died of fright a few hours after Chang's eath from organic causes.... No doubt about it, there's still an inordinate curiosity value in this story in spite of considerable magazine (Life, etc.) coverage.

Pub Date: July 30, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: oward-McCann

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1964