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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
My friend Jessie wrote about how much she loved this book (and compared its through-the-generations epic-ness to my book Bad Fairy), so I decided to read it. Holy smokes! Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Swankivy
I did not like this book What was the point? It was very hard to readPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Started out a bit confusing, but once you start reading it will all make sense. I highly recommend this book!Published 6 days ago by TM
For a Greek, this is not a story about a Greek, but of humanity. Tragedy, coming of age, sexuality, deceit, and death. A must read, for Greeks and nonGreeks alike.Published 7 days ago by Tina
I really was somewhat disappointed with this book. It was so hyped but was only moderately
entertaining. The prose was good but the level of background was just overdone.