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The World's Most Fantastic Freaks (World's Greatest)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Freaks have been loved, loathed and even worshipped since time began.
This book explores both the facts and the emotions behind the newspaper headlines and medical textbooks. It includes the tragic, hideously deformed Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man;the famous midget Tom Thumb;the French four-legged woman;and the hideously deformed Devil Boy of Brazil, rescued fro
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2005 by Hamlyn
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Cedar
Apr 08, 2010 Cedar rated it liked it
Basically this book is just a bit of fun. Being transported back to a time when it was okay to look, stare and take enjoyment from others discomfort and misfortune.

In saying that i lived the story of Helen Keller. And it disturbed me to learn, at the height of freak-show madness, the atrocities, removal of basic civil rights, inhumane treatment, and finally abuse that these people endured. Some were children, born perfect in body and mind, sold off when babies, who endured treatment that twiste
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Matthew
Sep 06, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
Inhumane treatment of children and people randomly becoming a fireball are some of the many oddball, slightly disturbing allegories of freakshow stars and grossly deformed midgets around. The World's Most Fantastic Freaks is worth a peek (excuse the pun) but have a strong stomach, for the pictures and accounts are rather sickening at times (especially the tale of the Monster Makers, a group who would kidnap healthy children and terrifyingly, deform them so they could be sold.).
Janice
Aug 27, 2016 Janice rated it liked it
Educational to say the least. I enjoyed reading about the many different people and conditions that have affected our fellow people. Its also interesting to realise how far we have come with medical advances, medication and treatment. Once upon a time these conditions were life sentences, and amusement in circuses; now people can be treated and have surgery to aid. Would have appreciated more photos of the persons mentioned in the book, but I suppose that is what google is for.
Peccary Rose
This book is very interesting.
Shahrun
Mar 26, 2012 Shahrun marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2013 Cameron P rated it it was amazing
I've grown to know and love all of these freaks as though they were siblings. Used to keep this book in my desk at Intermediate and now it sits on my bookshelf in mint condition.
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