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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
Have given this book five stars because My husband could not put it down; and, he is not a reader. His positive comments and shaking of his head make this the next book I readPublished 10 hours ago by Barb bamford
I've overlooked this book many times because of the way the dust jacket synopsizes it. It's VERY good, which was a pleasant surprise and very well-written!Published 3 days ago by Ann
As a renowned work of fiction, I expected to be somewhat impressed at the least. In fact I spent much of the rather lengthy novel wondering what the point was. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Priscilla Stilwell
Awesome book. I have to confess that I wasn't so sure I would enjoy it when I started it but I am glad I gave it a chance. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Roger Schrader
This is the first audio book by Jeffrey Eugenides I listen to and, from the first chapter, I was hooked. I love the author's writing style and hung to his every word. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mico0994
Interesting subject and well written a good read. The historical facts were very well researched it gave the reader a good idea of the Turkey/Greek situation.Published 17 days ago by BARBARA 2010