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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 novel that tracks a mutant gene over three generations from Turkey to the U.S. It follows historical and national events in all the associated areas and provides a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Elsie Madsen
The subject was very interesting and informative.The book contained an insight into the lives of the many refugees who fled Europe to settle I'm Europe.Published 6 days ago by Helen Dunn
One of the best books I have read in many years. A page turner. The story buildup is a great story.Published 11 days ago by LJConnor
A little confusing at first as scenes jump around, but doesn't take long to get into the rhythm. Great views of Detroit as well.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book. Great story. Great history, great alternative look at the human condition. As a Michigander, I was fascinated by the local history. Read morePublished 14 days ago by David Hill
I liked the story which is not ordinary ,but I found the writing at time confusing and hard to follow.Published 15 days ago by Dari Kaboli
A fascinating structure & point-of-view for a novel, and while the author's writing is often gorgeous & wondrous, it can also be draggy & wordy. Read morePublished 15 days ago by LA Woman
It is such a fantastic journey! I felt like I was living among these characters (already miss them now that I finished the book)
Eugenides is a master at the art of creating... Read more