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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
Excellent, and as you can see on dozens of other reviews, worth reading. But, two quarrels...
First, there is not enough detail or description of Callie/Cal's... Read more
This book is a good perspective of what it would be like to be gay, bisexual, etc . It's also good history of growing up in Detroit during the depression and the race riots .Published 10 days ago by michelle paquette
This novel is a very involving story of not only the main character, Calliope, but of her whole family for three generations. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I did not know that this book had won the Pulitzer until after I read it, and I was astonished! Although there were some enlightening parts, most of the book was tedious and the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jeffie