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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
Callie's wit keeps you engaged. Desdemina and Tessie's worry remind you of the mothers in your own lives. Loved this book.Published 1 day ago by Christyn
This is the best book I've ever read before and it deserves a Pulitzer prize. Students were given the option to read this in my senior AP English class. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Eboni
I downloaded Middlesex, The novel, in Kindle book so my wife could have it for her book club. She didn't get very far into the book and gave up—poor character development, choppy... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Experienced Reader
Covers everything from the fall of Asia Minor, brutal treatment of the Greek population and their migration to the midwest; the rise and fall of the auto industry and Detroit, and... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nikki
Four stars instead of five, only because at times I had to skim the overly descriptive parts to get to the dialogue, otherwise, I'd give it a 4 1/2. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Shannon