Baker & Taylor An intriguing fictional biography of Chang and Eng, the first Siamese twins in recorded history, describes how these two men transcended their physical abnormality to live lives of remarkable grace, suffering, and love. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer Born attached at the chest, Chang and Eng were considered a marvel, an omen, an act of God, evidence of His glory or proof of His wrath. Uniquely cursed, enslaved to one another for life, they were a joke of nature variously feared and abhorred, disturbing our most basic assumptions about the human condition. Mark Slouka's achievement in God's Fool is the ease and compassion with which he draws the story of one human being from this ghastly predicament. Looking beyond the twins' physical connection, he imagines one man's life of ordinary grace and suffering, longing and resistance, and the ties of love, as well as of blood, that bind and redeem us all.