Jeffery Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex)

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Jeffery Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex)

Post by giorgia » 05 Jun 2009, 05:06

personally i think Eugenides is a talented and unique author. to my knowledge he has only written two novels, does anybody know of any authors like him?

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Post by ladybug31 » 27 Oct 2014, 11:41

Usually when people talk about Middlesex I've heard them refer to a writer named Wally Lamb. I haven't read any of his novels yet but he has a handful out.

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Post by strainglia » 19 Aug 2016, 12:40

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The story is narrated by a group of middle-aged men who recount the tragedy met by the Lisbon girls, who committed suicide for unknown reason(s). It revolves on different accounts of the Lisbon girls' lives collected and firsthand encounters with them --- from describing their house, strict mother, effeminate father, their smell, how they act, etc. until the girls met their own demise.

Reading it is a combination of boredom, a bit of satiety, and creepiness. Boredom cause it is a collection of accounts from interviews made by the narrators which makes me want to scream "Where the F are you getting at?! *rolls eyes*". Satiety when some words hit me, particularly some part at the beginning and at the end of the book. Creepiness for they are middle-aged men haven't gotten over their obsession with the girls, not to mention the sexual side of it.

I am not sure if their suicide means a cry for help or another sign of ego-centrism but it definitely depicts that something is wrong which needs more attention. What it is, I don't know.

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Post by Cyndel Maria » 05 Mar 2017, 01:37

Started Middlesex and have yet to finish, not Eugenides fault but my lack of attention span when starting. He's another well thought out writer, would definitely read his works.

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Post by CaseyLaundrie » 10 Oct 2017, 12:46

I have only begun to read The Virgin Suicides. I think his style is unique, and his choice to have that "floating" narrative really threw me off at first. I was trying to nail down who was telling the story, and once I read up on the book a little more it all started to make sense.

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Post by Vscholz » 06 Aug 2018, 15:09

I really enjoyed The Virgin Suicides. I watched the movie first, years ago, mostly because it was when Kirsten Dunst was a relatively big name and I liked her. The whole plot is heartbreaking, but I agree with earlier comments that something was wrong and needed attention. It may be a commentary on how we will watch train wrecks but never step out of our comfort zone to help, which is how the 911 system came about in America (re: Kitty Genovese).
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Post by DakotaA » 19 Sep 2018, 10:23

Virgin Suicides is a beautiful and tragic novel, but Middlesex was on a whole other level in my opinion. Eugenides created a story that I genuinely think everybody should read at least once, even if it takes a while to get through. I know there were slow parts in it, and I myself struggled to get into it at the beginning, but the story is so important to pay attention to, especially for young people who are trying to figure out who they are.

I haven't read any of his other work, but from a google search I can see that he is still writing and has released a novel as recently as 2017. I will add his most recent book (Fresh Complaint) to my reading list and report back upon finishing it.

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Post by Swat3737 » 20 Jan 2019, 19:44

Middlesex is an amazingly written book, it is so unique and gripping. I wish Eugenides would write more like this. He did publish a third novel, The Marriage Plot, which was good but not at the level of Middlesex. I still need to read The Virgin Suicides but I loved the movie. He just published a short story collection in 2017 but I haven’t read that yet
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