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Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss

In 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.
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World Famous Conjoined Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker

Chang And Eng Bunker: The Strange Story Of The Original Siamese Twins

Chang and Eng Bunker May 11, — January 17, were Siamese-American conjoined twin brothers whose fame propelled the expression " Siamese twins " to become synonymous for conjoined twins in general. They were widely exhibited as curiosities and were "two of the nineteenth century's most studied human beings". The brothers were born with Chinese ancestry in today's Thailand and were brought to the United States in Physicians inspected them as they became known to American and European audiences in "freak shows". In early exhibitions, they appeared exotic and displayed their athleticism; later on, they would hold conversations in English in a more dignified parlor setting.

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Chang and Eng

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. Photos: Apipar Norapoompipat. Jokes aside, last week marked an important step forward for the Bunker family descendants as well as Thai-American diplomatic relations.

By Larry Getlen. While the concept of conjoined twins — two independent people permanently joined as one — is intriguing for many reasons, few aspects spur as much curiosity as how two such people live romantic, sexual lives. Upon their arrival, they were subject to countless medical inquiries. The brothers gained fame as freaks, and saw opportunity as Americans. After a decade on the sideshow circuit, having saved some money, they retired, bought land in North Carolina, and set out to create lives for themselves as proper Southern gentlemen. They bought property, became US citizens, and even took on slaves — ironic, considering that throughout their early lives here, many questioned whether, despite their firm denials, they were slaves themselves.


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    Chang and Eng Bunker: The original Siamese twins had 22 children by 2 sisters

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