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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
I really enjoyed the book! I had a little trouble at first following the skipping around of era's, but got the hang of it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carrie & Jeff Abts
Outstanding. The scope of this novel is impressive and Eugenides' style is brilliant.Published 4 days ago by Jocelyn Bolle
Brilliantly written! Very compelling too. Could not put it down.Published 4 days ago by Lynnette Stephan
A great read, captured the slipperiness of how we be come who we are.Published 7 days ago by G. Cothalis
Really liked the historical aspects: Greece vs. Turkey, race riots in Detroit. The family dynamics were entertaining too. Would have liked to know more about his current life. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Boston Lori
One of my all time favorites. Amazing characters. Beautiful story. It isnt every book that offers you chance to get inside the head of such a nuanced young, female protagonist.Published 9 days ago by Paul Toben