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The Virgin Suicides
by Jeffrey Eugenides | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Sunneschii of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on 1/10/2008
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by katie1980): travelling


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Sunneschii from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, January 10, 2008

7 out of 10

The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.


Maybe I had to high expectations, but I couldn't get really happy with this book.
Maybe the next reader likes it more! 


Journal Entry 2 by Atenea-Nike on Saturday, February 02, 2008

9 out of 10

This came as a complete surprise in the mail. It made my day, and it was a particularly gloomy day, so a huge THANK YOU to Sunneschii for her kindness and generosity.

As for the book, I loved it. Melancholy and evocative, it is a poignant trip down memory lane.

I saw the movie ages ago and I loved it. I must say this is one of those cases in which the movie compares well with the book.

I shall have to think about a good destination for this book; maybe the April Convention in London? 


Journal Entry 3 by Atenea-Nike on Monday, April 14, 2008

This book has not been rated.

To be released from the 15th to the 18th April in London in honor of BookCrossing's 7th Anniversary Convention.

More detailed information on where and when in the release notes. 


Journal Entry 4 by katie1980 from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

8 out of 10

I'm sorry, I thought I'd journalled this when I picked it up! I got it at the Convention in London.

I just finished it this morning, and enjoyed it. When I started reading it I found it a little hard to get into, but that may have been because I wasn't in the right mood to read it. I put it down for a few weeks after a couple of pages, and re-started it a couple of days ago. It's a very clever book, with the story being told from the point of view of an outsider. You never actually get to know who the narrator is, other than they are one of a group of boys who were infatuated with the Lisbon girls at the time of their deaths, and remain (at least partially so) to the time of the storytelling in their adulthood.

I found the deterioration of the house and the family to be fascinating, and for such a skinny little book it sure holds a lot of story!

I'm glad that I picked this book up and gave it a chance, as I didn't want to put it down near the end! It's a book filled with hope and despair and melancholy and everything else it could be, and is all the more fascinating for that. I don't know if I will watch the film, as films of books are often a let down after such a good read, but we will see. But from previous comments, maybe the film is worth seeking out.

I will share this book with someone else, but I'm not yet sure who that will be. 


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