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The subject matter was very interesting, but the execution was slow and tedious The book was about three times as long as it needed to be Most of that extra space was devoted to long quotations that were only tangentially related to the topic at hand the most maddening, to me, were passages describing impressions of a city given by someone with no ties at all to the twins the fact that the twins had passed through that city was justification enough.The factual highlights include how entrepr The subject matter was very interesting, but the execution was slow and tedious The book was about three times as long as it needed to be Most of that extra space was devoted to long quotations that were only tangentially related to the topic at hand the most maddening, to me, were passages describing impressions of a city given by someone with no ties at all to the twins the fact that the twins had passed through that city was justification enough.The factual highlights include how entrepreneurial and athletic the twins were, how many years they toured but rarely as part of circus like freak show , how many children they had, how thoroughly Southern they were they owned slaves, and they had sons that fought for the Confederacy , and their method for sharing time between their families.my favorite quote A Herald Man at the Hyphenated Brethren s Home If 1 2 stars were an option I would give the book 2 1 2 stars The story of Chang and Eng is fascinating, but the book borders on boring, and the authors put in so many quotes, letters and newspaper snippets, it gets distractingand many did not add to or progress the story Eventually I skipped them altogether A book worth reading, but it s not a page turner. Oh so dull which is great if you re trying to get drowsy enough for sleep but sucks if you want to be entertained This book relies heavily on contemporary sources and chooses to quote them extensively including all punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors instead of just giving a summary It does try to liven things up by imagining what the sex life of the Siamese Twins was like they had 20 or so kids, after all but even that isembarrassing than anything else Has a lot of phot Oh so dull which is great if you re trying to get drowsy enough for sleep but sucks if you want to be entertained This book relies heavily on contemporary sources and chooses to quote them extensively including all punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors instead of just giving a summary It does try to liven things up by imagining what the sex life of the Siamese Twins was like they had 20 or so kids, after all but even that isembarrassing than anything else Has a lot of photos including those people who played a minuscule part of the Twin s lives, such as a photographer who took a famous image of them in their old age.Does end on a sublime note but it s a hell of a long ride to get to that sublime bit Audible A very interesting and informative book.It tells the history of other twins that lived,but non were so spectaculor as these men.Michael Adashefski gave a fine performance in sideshow barker style.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Read this years ago 3 1 2 4 Stars. One of my last AABB book swap finds, I took forever to decide to read it because it has a musty, falling apart book jacket that I thought I would lose if I carried it around much I was right, but it s not in terrible conditionI ve always been kind of fascinated by conjoined twins, so reading about the original Siamese Twins was pretty interesting The story encompasses a lot of topics actually not just conjoined twins but also Siam Thailand in the 19th century, the vaudeville circuit, and One of my last AABB book swap finds, I took forever to decide to read it because it has a musty, falling apart book jacket that I thought I would lose if I carried it around much I was right, but it s not in terrible conditionI ve always been kind of fascinated by conjoined twins, so reading about the original Siamese Twins was pretty interesting The story encompasses a lot of topics actually not just conjoined twins but also Siam Thailand in the 19th century, the vaudeville circuit, and a bit about the Civil War.I found the book to be a little slow at times, particularly in its coverage of the melodrama of the Twins early management and the later melodrama of the marital situation, but it was all worth reading The minutia of life as a conjoined twin was covered a bit less than I expected, mostly because the Twins lived in a time when tell all stories weren t really as graphic as they would be now Still, it seemed that the brothers were quite willing to share their lives with the audience at least when they were younger and their openness is pretty impressive when you consider the attitudes many people have about freaks I found their later life to be amazing though it made for somewhat boring reading simply because of the acceptance of their unusual family in a small Southern community.The book wasn t can t put it down engrossing, but it got a 4th star for being about an unusual subject and covering so much detail Kind of a weird read, but unique enough to be entirely worth the experience Chang and Eng Bunker s lives were absolutely fascinating They were probably the first truly famous Asian Americans in America Successful and intelligent, they would be on tv shows like The View and Oprah if they were alive today Although if they were alive today, they would have been separated at birth They medical know how to do so did not exist during their lifetime I would give this book three and a half stars if possible It is a very factual biography, relying a lot on letters and Chang and Eng Bunker s lives were absolutely fascinating They were probably the first truly famous Asian Americans in America Successful and intelligent, they would be on tv shows like The View and Oprah if they were alive today Although if they were alive today, they would have been separated at birth They medical know how to do so did not exist during their lifetime I would give this book three and a half stars if possible It is a very factual biography, relying a lot on letters and that sort of thing The first half of the book is a little boring The book gets quite interesting once the twins settle down and get married The book tries to answer questions like How did they have sex How did they treat their slaves How did they get along with each other Did they want to be separated So basically I ended up really liking it.I googled forinfo and discovered that somebody has written a different book which is a fictionalized account of their life I don t think it sounds like a very accurate book, because the author says they would have died if they had stayed in Siam No, they wouldn t have They were very much alive and successful there He also says that Chang was the dim witted one According to The Two , the twins had different personalities, but both twins seemed intelligent So I would recommend this factual biography over a fictionalized novel The truth is very interesting.There are photos at the end of the book I was led to this one by reading about Chang and Eng in A.J Jacob s The Know It All Surprisingly, I had no idea that the original Siamese twins spent the last part of their lives married to sisters and living in Mt Airy, NC I believe this book was published in the mid to late 1970 s it was definitely dated and went a bitin depth than was really needed Still, this was an interesting read on the history of two very unique individuals. `READ E-PUB ⇛ The Two: The Story of the Original Siamese Twins ☃ Hardcover book with dust jacket is the story of Chang and Eng, co joined Siamese twins in the th centuryBibliography, indexpages Illustrated