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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
So captivating. Interesting! I just simply could not stop reading it. Great, remarkable story! Definetly one of the best book I have ever read.Published 4 days ago by hm
The book was interesting especially the Greek traditions and the information on Hermaphrodites. Well written, I couldn't put it down.Published 4 days ago by Julzh
Beautifully written and fascinating novel about gender and sexual identity. There is an interesting tension between the unique story of a hermaphrodite and a classic coming of age... Read morePublished 5 days ago by emeshbi
Well written, combination of history of emigration of Greek people during invasion of Turks, history of Detroit and Ford factories, through race riots of 60's, along with the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Janice Corson
Listening to the audiobook flawlessly read by Kristoffer Tahori, I was riveted. I even stayed in my car after I pulled into the garage not wanting to turn it off. Read morePublished 8 days ago by lauriej
What a story, I loved the writing style and could tell from the beginning of this book I would enjoy it. I am sad it's over!!Published 8 days ago by Caroline H. Kahn