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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

By Jeffrey Eugenides
Completed September 29, 2007

I know I am in the minority here, but Middlesex was a huge disappointment for me. We all know the plot - that it's a story about a Greek girl who later discovers that she's actually a boy. The premise is excellent, but the book falls short in so many ways.

Eugenides is a wonderful writer, and he does an excellent job telling a story - too bad it's not the story of Callie but of her grandparents and parents too. You reach the middle of this 500+ page book before Callie is even conceived. However, Callie narrates the whole thing. How would she know such details about her grandparents and parents? She can't - and I think it's a major flaw in the book (not to mention that you have to wait until the middle of the book for Callie to be introduced as a character. Oh sorry, did I say that already? Well, it's worth repeating because it's a major flaw too).

Because half of the book is dedicated to Callie's lineage, I feel his/her character lacks development, which is a huge shame. For me, Callie had the potential to be one of the most interesting characters in modern American literature. Instead, the character falls flat - just like the entire novel.

Middlesex is a Pulitzer prize winner and a recent selection for the Oprah Book Club. Obviously, many people enjoyed this novel. I am sorry that I am not one of them. However, I am more sorry that I wasted a week of my life finishing a book that I now call Middlesucks. ( )


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Sep. 29th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
That's too bad you didn't enjoy it, because it is a long book. I loved it, and enjoyed the history of her/his family, but that part did go on for a long time.
Middlesucks, that's funny.
I remember being engrossed and couldn't read it fast enough.
I read Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and didn't like it at all, which was very disappointing after enjoying Middlesex so much.
Sep. 29th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe I would enjoy The Virgin Suicides more. =)
Sep. 29th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I've read raves about The Virgin Suicides, you might like it.
Sep. 29th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry you didn't enjoy this one Jill (I did ... haven't read Virgin Suicides and based on raidergirl's comment, probably won't).

Hope your next read is more enjoyable!
Oct. 14th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Interesting review, I'm thinking twice about reading this one, its on my TBR list.
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/ (http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/)
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