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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 thought it was well-written but steeped in characters that I didn't particularly care about. It's the way of all families I expect.Published 1 day ago by The Writer
A wonderful depiction an hermaphrodite as told through the experiences of a tight knit Greek family. The history of both Greece and Detroit was wonderfully depicted. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Avid Reader
I am not much for posting reviews, however, if it would not have been a bookclub book, I would have abandoned this book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Roxanne Marchese
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jeffery Eugenides does a fantastic job of building an utterly convincing character in Cal/Calliope, which kept my attention riveted. Read morePublished 3 days ago by A. Adams
Well written. The author has a dry wit and a way with words that I found enjoyable.Published 6 days ago by Kenneth H.
The character development is incredible! Really enjoyed this book.Published 7 days ago by Sandra Brown
Calliope (Cal) Stephanides, born after World War II, was raised as a girl until the teenage years. Then, at 14, puberty kicked in and Cal matured into a boy. Read morePublished 10 days ago by B. Saffer