The Elephant Man

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345345134
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 280
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 209,050
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    This was an amazing book! I was instatly drawn to this book and best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Worth the read

    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

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Amazing!

    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

    Posted January 27, 2010

    It is about a man that had a deformity and was criticize aboout it.

    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.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    good read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2009

    This book was amazing!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

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    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    Amazing Book!

    I had to read this book for my English class, and I loved it! The story and John Merrick captivate you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Very good book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    Tradegy doesn't describe the book!

    I recommend this book to all students 6th grade and up. It will change your outlook on life ALOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Astonishing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    Great Book!

    The Elephant Man is a great book and I recommand it to all kids in junior high and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    The Elepahnt Man

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    Better than unbelievable.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2001

    Good read

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Thoughts of the elephant man

    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.

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