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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
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 1 day 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 3 days ago by BARBARA 2010
This is one of the most unusual books I've ever read and one of the best.Published 3 days ago by William T. Armstrong
Good book, but always wanted to know what happened to the girlfriend.Published 6 days ago by Everyonesacritic
This is the most excellent book that I have read in a very long time! Superb writing, and an inspiring story..... Well Done!Published 6 days ago by Lisa L. Odonnell
What an interesting book! I've lived in the pages, and also dipped into history books, atlases and dictionaries to gain more understanding. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joy
I'm not gonna lie, some of the content made me feel a little uncomfortable, and a couple parts were boring for me, but overall it was an extremely well-written story, rich with... Read morePublished 11 days ago by apt_on_amazon
This book was so good that I thought it was a real life true story. I loved the history that was a part of this story. The story really came full circle.Published 13 days ago by thrasher
Interesting plot concept that gets bogged down too often in the author's often failed attempts at literary flourishes. Read morePublished 13 days ago by MJ