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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
Like someone else said in a review, despite the strange and unappealing cover, they had heard good things about the book and vowed to read it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rona D. Simmons
The beginning was a little too long but over all it was a great book to read.Published 11 days ago by Kim Basile
Cleverly written with an engrossing storyline. Will read more from this author.Published 11 days ago by nan
Although this book was interesting, I felt that it dragged in a few places. Character development was good and made the story real. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the book! I know some people have said it's tedious to read, however I really like all the details Eugenides gives and the wry humor with which he writes. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Harlowsmama
One of the best novels around - it addresses almost every conceivable issue of modern life with wisdom and humor. Read morePublished 12 days ago by lerlich
I loved this book - beautiful prose and engaging story. The author gave life to the characters and I really cared about them. The story is so well written that I read for hours.Published 12 days ago by Melanie G
A fantastic read!! Multi-generational storytelling that weaves through time and lives with ease. Jeffrey Eugenides has a unique voice and a casual gift at telling a story. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. Bowman
Very interesting subject of gender assignment. Writing still unusual but very easy to read. Highly recommended reading.Published 19 days ago by Sandi Strauser