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by Jeffrey Eugenides | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747564485 Global Overview for this book
Registered by katayoun of Tehran, Tehran Iran on 11/20/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by katayoun from Tehran, Tehran Iran on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." And so begins Middlesex, the mesmerizing saga of a near-mythic Greek American family and the "roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time." The odd but utterly believable story of Cal Stephanides, and how this 41-year-old hermaphrodite was raised as Calliope, is at the tender heart of this long-awaited second novel from Jeffrey Eugenides, whose elegant and haunting 1993 debut, The Virgin Suicides, remains one of the finest first novels of recent memory.
Eugenides weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative spanning 80 years of a stained family history, from a fateful incestuous union in a small town in early 1920s Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit; from the early days of Ford Motors to the heated 1967 race riots; from the tony suburbs of Grosse Pointe and a confusing, aching adolescent love story to modern-day Berlin. Eugenides's command of the narrative is astonishing. He balances Cal/Callie's shifting voices convincingly, spinning this strange and often unsettling story with intelligence, insight, and generous amounts of humor:

Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." … I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." ... I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever.
When you get to the end of this splendorous book, when you suddenly realize that after hundreds of pages you have only a few more left to turn over, you'll experience a quick pang of regret knowing that your time with Cal is coming to a close, and you may even resist finishing it--putting it aside for an hour or two, or maybe overnight--just so that this wondrous, magical novel might never end. --Brad Thomas Parsons

Journal Entry 2 by DubaiReader at Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on Friday, March 20, 2015
I was just having a clear-out of my shelves and found this book that I have never journalled.
Not surprising as the BCID is in small letters in pencil on page 2!
I find it was originally sent by my good friend Katayoun in Tehran. Thanks :)

I tried to read this, it was a book group choice several years ago, but I didn't get past about a third - my book mark is still in there. I don't remember why I couldn't get on with it but I know I abandoned it, it's not a book I thought I'd go back to sometime.
So it's time it travelled on again. I'm not sure how, or where yet, but it will travel again soon.

Journal Entry 3 by DubaiReader at Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on Friday, August 16, 2019
Time for this book to move on......
I will pass it on to staff in one of our local malls. It is unlikely that it will get journalled but very likely that it will get passed from hand to hand and well read, which is better than sitting on my shelves.

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