PDF ☆ BOOK The True History of the Elephant Man

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PDF ☆ BOOK The True History of the Elephant Man ↠ Joseph Carey Merrick born in England on August 5 1862 is better known as The Elephant Man Through horrible physical deformities which were almost impossible to describe he spent much of his life exhibited as a fairground freak until even nineteenth century sensibilities could take Where he was rescued housed and fed by the distinguished surgeon Frederick Treves To Treves' surprise he discovered during the course of their friendship that lurking beneath the mass of Merrick's corrupting flesh lived a spirit that was as courageous as it had been tortured and a nature as gentle and dignified as it had been deprived and tormented The subject o An excellent and obviously well researched biography of this most intriguing man who can surely be counted as one of the most gentle souls to ever grace usWhile some of the details did get a little long winded for example there was then enough mentioned on the Victorian Educational System and the achievements of the many Doctors Showmen and their contemporaries who studied and worked with Joseph fascinating though it was from time to time it happily includes Joseph's own short Autobiography One of the bigger suabbles that the writer discusses is were the doctors and showman who cared for Joseph horrible self serving human beings or genuinely nice people I think it's a mix especially on the showman's part I believe the doctors had a genuine compassion for Joseph And though it hurts on some level to say it I believe the showman did Joseph a service by allowing him the dignity of work which for someone of Joseph's proud but gentle nature was important especially in an era where you were expected to be a working adult contributing to the household by age 12 I don't believe they were cruel to him but I don't believe they went out of their way for him as they stated either and the showman known to associate with Joseph had a way of coloring the truthAll in all though a heartfelt thought provoking and intimate look at the life of this gentle intelligent Romeo

TEXT Ï The True History of the Elephant Man Õ Michael Howell

Joseph Carey Merrick born in England on August 5 1862 is better known as The Elephant Man Through horrible physical deformities which were almost impossible to describe he spent much of his life exhibited as a fairground freak until even nineteenth century sensibilities could take no Hounded persecuted and starving he ended up at London's Liverpool Street Station 35The story of Joseph Merrick is such a poignant one but there were also moments of happiness There were acts committed by some that demonstrated cruelty but there were even that showed kindness and caring of humankind I thought the movie version was very good but of course figured that Hollywood took a lot of liberties in their portrayal and after reading this I can see where they did The true story of the elephant man may not have been as dramatic as the movie version but it was still powerful and because it is true I believe even sadder than what the emotion of the movie conveyed Joseph's life was short and filled with misfortune and misery but at least in his final few years he made friends was surrounded by people who cared for him and got to experience the life of a normal human being People had always been terrified of him because of his extremely deformed appearance It was common for women to faint or scream and run away when they confronted him and on one occasion when he had been robbed and abandoned in a foreign country by a freak show manager he was not allowed on a train while trying to return to London because the passengers were terrified of him The first time a woman came into his room at the hospital and greeted him by shaking his hand he broke down and sobbed because he had never had the experience And as for my comment about him living a normal life one of his greatest wishes and one that was allowed by his friend and doctor was to be allowed into a house so he could actually see what a real home looked like Up to that time he had only read about them in booksAll in all this was an informative and powerful biography There were a few areas that felt a little dry and I think the author went into great detail on some areas that I don't think were necessary to the story That is the reason for my 35 rating but aside from those page fillers this was a story worth reading

Michael Howell Õ The True History of the Elephant Man KINDLE

The True History of the Elephant ManF several books a Broadway hit and a film Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology Here in this fully revised edition containing new details are the true and unromantic facts of his life This is an extraordinary and moving story set among the brutal realities of the Victorian world telling of a tragic individual and his survival against overwhelming od The story of Joseph Merrick was super interesting But I rated this a 2 because I didn't want or need to read the life histories of the few people who were close to him I just wanted to read about Merrick The description of the pure delight that Merrick felt and exhibited with every day things brought me to tears I wished I was there back in the day to meet him and possibly be a friend It made me happy that he didn't die lonely