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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
Anyone who has felt like an outcast will enjoy this story. LEARNING to live and be happy with the cards we were dealt is the ultimate message.Published 1 day ago by Tanya Berfield
Skillfully written. Brilliant story-telling. Enjoyed from start to finish. Highly recommend. Can't wait to read his other books. Wow. Wow.Published 3 days ago by **
I thought this was going to be a story about a hermaphrodites adult life. It is, just not the way I expected it to be. Read morePublished 3 days ago by R. Wilson
What an incredible story!
I would suggest this to anyone who wants to better understand the people standing in the middle between the two expected genders, the binary social... Read more
Excellent writing. I loved the fact that their was so much about the history of Detroit, and the human aspect of such a misunderstood topic was really interesting. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Julie
Recommended by a friend as "the best book he had read in years", I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, with some insights into the history of Greece/Turkey/Armenia... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Daniel Klein
The book travels you in a safe convenient way in exploring and accepting the self by embracing your biological and cultural roots. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jenny
Heaviness on the detail in the beginning almost motivated me to put he book down for awhile. I am glad that I persevered because the ending was surprising.Published 9 days ago by LynniePenny