Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

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, Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaite...

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Title:Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History
Author:Yunte Huang
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Genres:History
ISBN:0871404478
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History Reviews

  • Carol
    Jul 05, 2018
    Fascinating story of twins born in Siam in 1811, the boys connected by a band of flesh just above their stomachs. Bought by an enterprising American when they were teens, the twins were brought to America and engaged in an international tour based on their freakiness. But the boys turn...
  • Christine
    Feb 13, 2018
    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...
  • MAP
    Apr 23, 2018
    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...
  • Karyl
    May 08, 2018
    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...
  • David Bales
    Aug 13, 2018
    Interesting but sometimes meandering history of Chang and Eng [Bunker], the famous "Siamese Twins" who were "discovered" by an English sea captain in Thailand in 1824 and later were "purchased" by a promoter and went on an extended tour of Britain and the United States, (and later, con...
  • Lisa Rogers
    Jul 26, 2018
    Obviously the author did a tremendous amount of research which translated effectively in evoking early 18th Century Siam, the birthplace of Chang and Eng. Equally obvious is the fact that he could only find some info on the twins and more on the people who came in contact with them. Pa...
  • Keith Chawgo
    Feb 05, 2018
    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...
  • Betty
    Jan 08, 2018
    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...
  • Zulfiya
    Jul 24, 2018
    I quite enjoyed this thoroughly researched book about the iconic Siamese twins, and I enjoyed it even more for not just being the biography of those twins, even though it would have been interested on its own, but for the book being much more than just the biography. It is the panorami...
  • Shelley
    May 25, 2018
    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...
  • Richard
    May 14, 2018
    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...
  • William Matthies
    Jul 17, 2018
    The title made me buy this book and I'd like you to believe I did so because I wanted to learn what effect Chang and Eng, "The Original Siamese Twins", had on "American history". I'd like you to but that's not the reason. The truth is I wanted to learn how Chang and Eng lived their...
  • Sheri
    Jun 26, 2018
    I had heard of the siamese twins Chang and Eng, but knew nothing of their actual life story. After trying so many times to read this book I still know nothing more than the brief book description on the inside of the book jacket. For me Yunte Huang seems to go off on long winded ran...
  • Jaina Shaw
    Aug 03, 2018
    I wanted to like this book... I really, really did. I've been fascinated by Chang & Eng since Darin Strauss' fictional bio and even have a tattoo of the twins. This book is well written and well researched, but it is more about the historical period that created an environment ...
  • Pamela
    Jul 06, 2018
    The lives of Chang and Eng "Bunker" certainly made for fascinating, eye-opening reading on many levels: immigration and citizenship controversies; human trafficking/slavery travesties in ways I would have never considered; ethical considerations in terminologies such as freaks and mena...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Mar 30, 2018
    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...
  • Nalene
    Dec 10, 2017
    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...
  • Maurice Tougas
    May 16, 2018
    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...
  • Paula Yerke
    Jul 02, 2018
    An interesting book about conjoined twins from Siam that of course led to the term "Siamese twins". It was the story of their lives but also the story of the times they lived in. Thank goodness we have progressed in many ways from the mid 1800s and our treatment of the "other". For sur...
  • Jodi
    Mar 04, 2018
    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...
  • Lynn Nysse
    Jun 04, 2018
    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 27, 2018
    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...
  • David
    Feb 02, 2018
    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...
  • Joy Adams
    Jan 27, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...
  • Brooke
    May 30, 2018
    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...
  • Janet Slipak
    Apr 08, 2018
    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 18...
  • Laura
    May 13, 2018
    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...
  • Martha Warner
    Jun 22, 2018
    It took me awhile to finish this book as there was a lot of history and unfamiliar historical vocabulary that I had to digest. Overall i found it a fascinating oeek into 1800s america aside from what i learned in traditional history books. The siamese twins helped me humanize the era. ...
  • Mom2nine
    Dec 19, 2017
    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...
  • librarian4Him02
    Jun 11, 2018
    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...