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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
Well written but was not as invested in the characters as I would have likedPublished 8 days ago by ZMOBtiger
several years ago I read the book and liked it so much that I bought it on Kindle and reread it again. Still very interesting.Published 11 days ago by Thomas L. Robbins
A bit confusing in sections leaving the reader with voids in continuity.Published 11 days ago by Larry Herbert
I loved this book and so enjoyed listening to it on CD. The actor reading the book is fabulous. When I purchased the book I had no idea it was so lauded. But it should be. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Suzy Reader
One of the best books I've ever read. I was utterly captivated by Calliope's story. She had to start from the beginning to explain herself, and I felt her need to explain her... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ada Ardor