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The Elephant Man

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Acclaimed author Frederick Drimmer presents an astonishing biography of Joseph Merrick -- a man so disfigured by the disease of neurofibromatosis his very appearance tests the capacity for kindness and understanding. It was a London freak show that gave Merrick the name of The Elephant Man and it was at the same freak show that he would meet his savior, London surgeon Fred ...more
Unknown Binding, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Garrett County Press (first published September 16th 1985)
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Jennifer Hughes
I got this for my daughter and ended up reading it myself in a couple of days. This was a well-written, short, YA nonfiction book about Joseph Merrick, a man at the turn of the last century who was called The Elephant Man because of congenital physical deformities. There is a short photo section, including a picture of his skeleton, that is very helpful since it is difficult to try to picture Merrick.

His life is pieced together through documents, journals, and photos in a believable way. The wr
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Rachel
Feb 20, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am looking for more books for my eldest son that aren't just fiction and fluff. I found this on a book list for 6th graders. It was an interesting and not too difficult read, and in manys was very inspiring. I read it in a night. That being said, I will wait a couple years before I let my son read it. He is only 8, and there is much that is disturbing about genetic diseases. I would recommend it to kids 10 and up. The doctor was an amazing man, and what every doctor should aspire to be.
Rick Bavera
Mar 11, 2014 Rick Bavera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, biography
Fictionalized biography of John Carey Merrick (1862-90), who was called the Elephant Man because of disfiguration caused by neurofibromatosis.

This is a moving account of a young man who was an outcast in many ways because of (only because of) his appearance. The book makes Merrick come to life in a special way. It shows his feelings and humanity very well. The book does not "sensationalize" Merrick's life. There is a short photo section. The afterword tells about Merrick's disease, and how the
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Patricia
Feb 20, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good read. Sad as well.
JoAnne
Jun 07, 2017 JoAnne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written account of a very interesting, and unfortunate life.
"Even the ugliest of us has some beauty in him." Page 27
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