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The Virgin Suicides
by Jeffrey Eugenides | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingcrimson-tidewing of Balingup, Western Australia Australia on 5/23/2008
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status (set by freelunch): to be read

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Journal Entry 1 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Friday, May 23, 2008

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From Library Journal:
"Eugenides's remarkable first novel opens on a startling note: "On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide... the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope." What follows is not, however, a horror novel, but a finely crafted work of literary if slightly macabre imagination. In an unnamed town in the slightly distant past, detailed in such precise and limpid prose that readers will surely feel that they grew up there, Cecilia--the youngest and most obviously wacky of the luscious Lisbon girls--finally succeeds in taking her own life. As the confused neighbors watch rather helplessly, the remaining sisters become isolated and unhinged, ending it all in a spectacular multiple suicide anticipated from the first page. Eugenides's engrossing writing style keeps one reading despite a creepy feeling that one shouldn't be enjoying it so much. A black, glittering novel that won't be to everyone's taste but must be tried by readers looking for something different."

I've read this one on a well travelled bookring.
This copy is for freelunch, as the May participant in the Southern Cross Exchange.
I hope it manages to cross the continent and reach you by the end of the month, freelunch. 

Journal Entry 2 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Monday, May 26, 2008

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a wishlist book!

thanks very much crimson-tide :o)

received well before the end of the month (with time enough even to read it this month, but for the truckload of books I'm reading for others....) 

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