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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
The author spins the tale moving the reader thru multiple generations and transformations with ease. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sheila B
Something just did not click for me. Many of my friends really liked it. I think i was just to busy when i was reading it and read in short spurts.Published 5 days ago by Sundance
A painfully uncomfortable incestuous love story through war and immigration, a burgeoning Detroit, in 2 children that are seemingly born free of "flaws"- scams,... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Xristine
Fantastic book! Beatiful writing and the story unfolds in a most compelling way. The characters are so well drawn they become your friends. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dimitris Argyriou
Unusual story - makes me see how limited my knowledge of life really is.
I definitely recommend others trying this book.
Great story with so many complex layers yet simple truths. Tears, hilarity, thoughtfulness. This book is so widely relevant. Excellent read.Published 9 days ago by Stella Topaz
Loved the honesty and beautiful writing. Would recommend to anyone who had immigrants in their family or anyone at all...Published 13 days ago by Kari C.
A must read. Couldn't put it down. Wish ever book i picked up was this interesting, thought provoking and entertainingPublished 14 days ago by JanetL
Gorgeous writing, original storyline, funky, lovable characters, and your fill of Greekiness. "What's with all the spitting?" is explained. A fine effort.Published 16 days ago by Kristina Volker