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Behind the Mask

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Behind the Mask
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A methodical and highly successful Victorian surgeon must re-evaluate all he knows when he stumbles upon the medical marvel of the century: Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. In order to study the creature, Dr. Frederick Treves provides Merrick with lodgings, but he quickly learns that behind the Elephant Man's monstrous exterior is an intelligent young man with a refined appreciation for beauty. And when Dr. Treves' daughter, Colette, takes a special interest in Merrick, the young pair form a bond that will last a lifetime. Experience the memorable and touching story of Joseph Merrick like never before and join Dr. Treves and Colette as they discover that true treasure hides in the most unlikely of places. "The mind's the standard of a man"
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  • By Mae Stroshane
    Jun 10, 2013
    I enjoyed this book overall. Its strongest points are its plot and likable characters,especially Colette. She is sweet, strong and caring, believable in her slow awakening to feelings for Joseph. If I didn't know anything about Treves's memoirs, I would say it's a lovely story of friendship and discovering humanity beneath the mask of a "monster." Trouble is, I DO know Treves's memoirs. The author copies whole chunks, like Treves's description of Joseph in the freak shop, and plops them word-for- word right into the book. Treves's memoirs were published in 1923 by Cassell but the copyright is still current. It's blatant plagiarism. I was dismayed that Joseph's managers, Tom Norman and Sam Roper, were maligned even fictionally. Poor Tom just can't catch a break. It's true that he had an agenda and was no angel, but I believe he had Joseph's best interests at heart and genuinely cared about him. Here was a chance to redeem him and portray him as a caring manager and friend.... More > Instead, she chose to make him yet another evil lowlife "owner." I'm happy to see fiction about Joseph Merrick, I just wish writers would get the facts straight and not rely so much on Treves's biased version. I enjoyed the new characters. Colette and her sister are quite fresh, as well as Charlie Taylor. The story of Peggy's death on the operating table is heartbreaking and mirrors Treves's terrible loss of his eldest daughter. Clearly she has done her homework in some areas. The epilogue was also delightful. I guess I'd give this story 3 stars out of 5, for genuine caring and poetic writing.< Less

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May 2, 2013
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