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Hyphenated Americans with a Twist,
This review is from: Middlesex: A Novel (Paperback)
Middlesex is a nice easy read. Three generations of Greek Americans intertwine with the reasonably accurate portrayal of amazing and very diverse historical events. These include the exodus of the Greeks from modern day Turkey as the Attaturk Army advanced after the end of WWI, moving on the life in America between the two wars including a glimpse into the automotive industry reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's The Modern Man on to the rise of the Nation of Islam, WWII, the sixties, the riots of Detroit. Pretty amazing stuff all in all.
The central character of the novel moves on from the young Greek woman in Bursa in the early twentieth century to her grandchild born Cali later becomes Cal after years of struggle with sexuality and sexual identity. Cali, a hermaphrodite was born in 1960 and raised as a girl, fourteen years later and in the middle of her high school days Cali learns more of her confused sexuality and transforms herself to Cal. Meanwhile the original central or at least semi central character of the grandmother withdraws into self imposed isolation waiting for death after a life full of struggle and guilt.
Cal is the narrator of the novel and moves rather effortlessly between what is very personal to the various multi dimensional characters and to being a virtually completely detached observer.
Overall a very nice easy read ...not so sure that it deserved the Pulitzer though!