The Virgin Suicides

by Jeffrey Eugenides | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0446670251 Global Overview for this book
Registered by prospero2u of Cedar Grove, New Jersey USA on 9/29/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by prospero2u from Cedar Grove, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Saw the movie first (very good debut of Sofia Coppola as a director) then bought the book.
It's a strange suburban portrait of a family and particularly the 5 sisters. It's set in the 1970's.

It's a first novel and it is also a coming-of-age novel (those two go together a lot)and I'm a sucker for both.

The book & film work well together, though I didn't find either as shocking as the cover & movie posters proclaimed. More like black comedy than shock.

Released 15 yrs ago (9/29/2004 UTC) at Duke Farms - at Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Somerville, New Jersey USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Saturday, September 17, 2005
This book was sitting on a folding chair at the Dodge Poetry Festival in October 2004, and yet I did not get to this site to make this entry until now, because I didn't know anything about BookCrossing. (Now I do.)

The book lay on the folding chair for quite some time, unclaimed. People glanced at it, but skirted it, as if they were respecting that it might be someone's property. The poetry reading began, the chairs filled, and I wanted a place to sit down. I hesitated, because I thought it might be "saving" the seat. But then I sat down, holding the book on my lap, in case the owner came to claim it. No one did. I enjoyed the poetry reading a great deal. Then opened the book, as I was about to leave, because of the note taped to the cover. I saw that, strangely enough, the book was meant to be taken, and so I carried along with me.


CAUGHT IN SOMERVILLE NEW JERSEY USA

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Sunday, October 02, 2005
I'm sorry I waited a whole year to read this book. This is one of the best "first books" I've read in a while. About the Lisbons, a troubled family of five sisters in a Detroit suburb. The first thing that struck me, aside from the wonderful writing, is the voice. This book is told in first-person plural (as "we"), in the collective voices of the boys who were watching the Lisbon sisters growing up. First time I've seen this since Faulkner's story, "A Rose for Emily," which is also told by a sort of Greek chorus of townspeople, witnessing death, sex and tragedy from the outside.

I am going to pass this on through PaperBackSwap.com. There's a waiting list for the book, so I'm sure it will be out traveling into the world again in just a few days.

CAUGHT IN MOUNT VERNON NY USA

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Saturday, October 08, 2005
Sent off, via PaperBackSwap.com, to New Hampshire. Hope the next reader enjoys it.

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