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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The Girls- Lori Lansens



I have never looked into my sister's eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I've never used an aeroplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that...So many things I've never done, but oh, how I've been loved. And, if such things were to be, I'd live a thousand times as me, to be loved so exponentially' The girls, Rose and Ruby Darlen, were both joined at the head (craniopagus twins) in a rural farming community in 1974 Abandoned by their frightened teenage mother, they are adopted by the eccentric nurse who attended their birth, and her husband, a gentle immigrant butcher. The sisters attempt to lead a normal life, but can't help being extraordinary. Now almost thirty, Rose and Ruby are on the verge of becoming the oldest living craniopagus twins in history. Rose has a passion for writing, and The Girls is her version of life as a conjoined twin. Rose and Ruby are attached at the head, but their struggles and triumphs remind us that connection is central to us all

I borrowed this book from the library, it's written by Rose who is trying to write her biography before her life ends, Ruby adds her thoughts and memories to it. it was an interesting read, I enjoyed how the girls adapted there disability into everyday life. a few pages of the book was a little slow, but I did enjoy it

4 comments:

Julie said...

What a different kind of book.

Always smiling said...

I think I have seen these on TV in a programme about them.. how frightening it must be for them to think that when one dies so does the other.. thank for writing about this book I think I might look it out at my library.

Chris

Always smiling said...

PS Just realised that the book Rush Home Road was written by the same author, I thought the name was familiar... but didn't realise she had written other books.

Chris

Karan said...

Now this is a definite must read - will be asking at the library for this. :0)