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Virgin Suicides (French Edition) (French) Mass Market Paperback – December 11, 2000


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Editions 84 (December 11, 2000)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2290309494
  • ISBN-13: 978-2290309490
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,153,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Eugenides est né à Detroit en 1960. Après avoir publié plusieurs nouvelles dans de  prestigieuses revues, il écrit son premier roman, Virgin Suicides, en 1993. Il reçoit le prix Pulitzer en 2003 pour Middlesex, disponible en Points.     --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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By Mrs. S. K. Mann on February 20, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Virgin Suicides is one of those books I have been meaning to read for years; finally, I got around to it. It is certainly one of the most memorable I have read. Very enjoyable, even though parts of the book are a bit gloomy, the storyline itself is one that help my attention and kept it there until the end.
The story is set in the 1970's and is about the narrator's obsession with a group of five sisters who all killed themselves and why they did it. These five beautiful and bright girls, do not fit into the world they were in, they despaired that no one understood them or that not anyone cared about how their lives would turn out, even their own parents. They took their own lives in protest.
Going from childhood to adolescence is a painful one, but these girls seemed to have more difficulty than most. Cecilia, was called "the weird sister" by the narrator, but at 13 already claimed the hearts of many boys in the neighbourhood, whom long after her death still obsessed over her.
Even at school they were never accepted by their peers, they were at a private school because their father worked there, but they couldn't have the lifestyle that went with it, leaving them outcasts by their peers. Their father eventually divorced their mother, but had very little interaction with the girls at all. Their mother was the ruler in the house; she was the one who allowed the house to stay in the state it was in, dirty and living in squalor. She didn't allow them to do the things normal teenagers go to do like date, watch television, read magazines. They went to church and school and that was it.
The girls feel trapped and isolated, is it any wonder they committed suicide, they felt it was their only way out. No one helped them or reached out to them in anyway.
By reading The Virgin Suicides I was reminded by how much I take for granted the opportunities I have available to me as a woman, compared to those of past generations who did not have such opportunities.
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By Lisa Myers on July 28, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm glad I read the book first because so much more happens in the book compared to the movie. I think the movie is great too though and I do own both since I enjoy them so much. The book keeps you interested throughout the whole thing and is written very well.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Meyerle on May 6, 2010
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"The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides is a powerful, darkly esoteric meditation on what it was like to grow up female in suburban America on the cusp of the Woman's Liberation Movement. As such, it has implications about adolescent confusion, fear and anxiety, and particularly, the necessity of support for all young women who attempt to navigate the perilous waters of adolescence. Euginides reminds us that while today we take for granted that women have opportunity, it has not always been that way. For the young women in this startlingly original piece of literary fiction, the future would merely consign them to more of the same: oppressive control and a lack of understanding - by their parents, their peers and even the boys who lusted and obsessed over them. For these unusually bright and beautiful young women, it was obvious they didn't fit in and never would. Despairing that no one understood or cared about their plight, they took their own lives to protest their imprisonment and isolation by a society that did not appreciate their value. The book reminds us with a multitude of painful moments how vulnerable adolescent females are, and much like Paloma in "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," by Muriel Barbery, that communication by parents and acceptance by others is an absolute necessity for bright young girls since their particular challenges are unique.

No one ever said coming of age was easy, but Eugenides reminds us how truly painful the passage from childhood innocence to adulthood actually is. For most young women social acceptance is paramount so that when Cecilia slits her wrists, we understand that her wearing a frayed, stained old wedding dress like a shabby shroud has resulted in others seeing her as possessing a "deranged harlot look.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rassysassy" on July 5, 2004
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The book kept me on the edge of my seat, and wanting to read more every time something horrific took place. The first of the 5 suicides was described quite well, and in lots of detail. The only thing that the story was lacking, was how they explained the first suicide so much, yet didn't really expand on the last 4. I would have liked to hear more about those last 4.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Lyn Kaplan on March 10, 2009
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Just like the first reviewer, I could not put down this book. I read it in two days, and I am not a particularly fast reader. I agree with the other review: I really wanted to know more about the other suicides; I wish that whole part had more details. But, I have to give this five stars because it really did keep me entertained. And I guess that's the main reason for reading novels, no?

Plus, I thought this was a very original style of narration. There was just something different about this book. Especially if you like the strange or quirky, you should give this a try!
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