The Elephant Man
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The Elephant Man

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by Christine Sparks
     
 

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John Merrick had lived for more than twenty years imprisoned in a body that condemned him to a miserable life in the workhouse and to humiliation as a circus sideshow freak. But beneath that tragic exterior, within that enormous and deformed head, thrived the soul of a poet, the heart of a dreamer, the longings of a man. Based on the extraordinary motion picture

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John Merrick had lived for more than twenty years imprisoned in a body that condemned him to a miserable life in the workhouse and to humiliation as a circus sideshow freak. But beneath that tragic exterior, within that enormous and deformed head, thrived the soul of a poet, the heart of a dreamer, the longings of a man. Based on the extraordinary motion picture that captured the heart of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345345134
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1986
Edition description:
280
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
216,917
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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The Elephant Man 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I was instatly drawn to this book and best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a class in college, and wasn't excited at first because I had to read it, but it was surprisingly a good read. This book kept my attention and wanting to know what happens next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was excellent. You can connect to religion,science and also to see how people are treated because of their differences.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the story of the "Elephant Man" their are the main characters like Joseph Merrick which is the elephant man and Dr.Treves.John Merrick or put this way "Joseph Merrick" was a person that had a deformity that was imprisoned for 20 years of his life by being humiliated and also being miserable as a slideshow freak.The person that put him through this humiliation was Dr.Treves.Dr.Treves was the person that had Joseph Merrick imprisoned for 20 years.He also was trying to hide this from his family by horrible things that he was doing to this poor man. The main conflict in the story is external conflict.The reason why Joseph feels humiliated and unwanted by the society to show how cruel people are.The parts of the story that make the rising action was when Dr.Treves had him imprisoned in a circus basically so people could humiliate him and by saying mean things to him.These were the horrible things done to this man. This is why I liked this book because it talks about the reality of life by showing how cruel people are to one another.That's how Joseph was feeling miserable and unwanted by society.Another reason why I liked this book was it tells you about Joseph Merrick life about what he has to face everyday.A dislike of this book is the title to show how cruel people are by saying mean things to him.
docwunderly More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the movie back in the 80's and was hoping that the book would flesh out some of the details for me I found out that the book was written based on the movie, I am a little disappointed that B&N doesn't have the movie in stock. Over all the bood was interesting it did flesh out parts of the movie that were a little foggy. I would recommend this book for anyone teen to adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from my teacher. I did not know what to expect. I loved it. I do not know if I have ever read a book I liked better. It is definitely a worth while read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It mad me notice not to make fun of people for the way they look. I loved it because I love the of description. I couldn't have not seen it. I loved the part where John Merrick went on the long journey home. I also liked how he died in peace looking at his mom. It was a great book we read in class!!! I thought The Elephant Man was a good book and that is for sure. Every one should read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my English class, and I loved it! The story and John Merrick captivate you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It shows no matter how ugly someone is on the outside the inside is what only matters. Everything in the book was great. Everyone needs to read this book and live from the lessons it teaches.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to all students 6th grade and up. It will change your outlook on life ALOT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who knows what it feels like to be accepted who is in junior high or up. If you know what it feels like to be different then this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Elephant Man is a great book and I recommand it to all kids in junior high and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read The Elephant Man while in school, and it touched so many people. I've read some tear jerkers before, but this one rises to the top of the list. This was a very motivating and inspiring story about a special human being, whose only wish was to be a normal person like the rest of the world, and to have someone love him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It tells the story of a man who was severely deformed, named John Merrick. The book tells of his attempts at escape from his life and the people who tried to protect him. Rarely is a book so moving as this one has been for me. Investment in this book is money well spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've finished the book in two days. It moved me, although I've seen the movie maybe 3-4 times. It is a very sad story, but well written. A must read for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It explains who the Elephant Man was and how he lived his life. I recommend this book to 13 years old or older.It's a real sad story, but written beautifully.