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Chang and Eng by Darin StraussIn this stunning novel, Darin Strauss combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history’s most famous twins. Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Touring the world’s stages as a circus act, they settled in the American South just prior to the Civil War. They eventually married two sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one children between them, and lived for more than six decades never more than seven inches apart, attached at the chest by a small band of skin and cartilage.
Woven from the fabric of fact, myth, and imagination, Strauss’s narrative gives poignant, articulate voice to these legendary brothers, and humanizes the freakish legend that grew up around them. Sweeping from the Far East and the court of the King of Siam to the shared intimacy of their lives in America, Chang and Eng rescues one of the nineteenth century’s most fabled human oddities from the sideshow of history, drawing from their extraordinary lives a novel of exceptional power and beauty.
Chang And Eng Bunker: The Strange Story Of The Original Siamese Twins
Intrigued by their strange nature and having already met them, he wrote about their personal life and some of the difficulties they were facing to overcome living in a state such as theirs. By doing this, Twain comically is depicting the idea of two linked but incompatible selves, all to show the need for unity in a time where unity was nowhere to be found. And their story was as strange as is their nature. The twins got married, had a bunch of children and became slave owners themselves. If only their walls could tell stories or their double king-sized bed for that matter… Fortunately, their fame did. Photograph showing Chang and Eng Bunker their two sons.
Login Create Account Search. White skinned, blue eyed and with a delightfully thick North Carolinian accent, Blackmon Jr, 67, is in fact the great-great grandson of Eng. Chang and Eng Bunker families circa Photo taken by Mathew Brady. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The original Siamese twins really were from Siam. When Chang and Eng Bunker were born in in a small town near Bangkok, they were medical marvels. The twins had fully formed, completely separate bodies, connected only by a small, four-inch bridge of flesh that ran between their stomachs. Indeed, in this, they almost succeeded. When he saw the two brothers swimming in the river, he thought at first that he was seeing a mythological creature in the flesh. When he realized that they were human boys, Hunter thought that they were his ticket to a fortune.
At the end of this month, from July 27 to 29, over 1, people, all related to each other, are expected to gather in North Carolina to celebrate one of the most fascinating love stories in American history. This story begins way back in , in the part of the world then known as Siam. It was in May of that year that two twins were born to a fisherman and his wife. They were named Chang and Eng. Chang and Eng would go on to become famous the world over. That fascination really has never ended.