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A Place and a Condition

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Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides, book reviewThe opening line of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is “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.” This intriguing conundrum is explained promptly as we are then informed of the narrator’s ancient genetic mutation, in conjunction with a brief smattering of the contradictions in the speaker’s life that led up to and immediately followed this astounding discovery. And that’s just on the first pages of this novel. But I can assure you that the remaining 500+ pages are no less engaging.

While an investigation into just this dramatic life-changing event could easily be an excellent subject for a novel, Eugenides decided to also give us the history of how this mutation came about, by including the family history of the main character, starting with her/his grandparents and their escape from Greece.


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The Marriage Plot

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The Marriage Plot , Jeffrey Eugenides, book reviewOne woman; two men. Which will she chose? The core of many a Victorian Novel, and also the underlying premise of The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Eugenides is not a prolific author – the Marriage Plot is his first book for a decade, but his novels are generally worth waiting for and this is no exception. It is an intelligent and humorous book, with many unexpected twists and turns as Eugenides sets out to make a Victorian novel for our age.

Madeleine is the central female character. We meet her as she prepares to graduate, uncertain as to what to do with her life.


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