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Middlesex

Eugenides, Jeffrey

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Middlesex
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Spanning eight decades and chronicling the wild ride of a Greek-American family through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, Jeffrey Eugenides' novel on one level tells a traditional story about three generations of an immigrant family -- blessed and cursed with generous doses of tragedy and high comedy. But there's a provocative twist. Cal, the narrator -- also Callie -- is an hermaphrodite. And the explanation for this takes us spooling back in time, through a breathtaking review of the twentieth century, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set our narrator's life in motion.
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus, Giroux, [2003], c2002.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
ISBN: 9780312427733
Characteristics: viii, 529 p. ;,21 cm.

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A favorite! And an Oprah book pick.


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Nov 16, 2014
  • LucasHill rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time. This is a thoroughly engrossing story.

Nov 09, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A thoroughly engrossing family saga with surprising plot developments, fascinating characters, and intriguing historical detail.

Aug 03, 2013
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an amazing book, totally worth the read. I was so sad that this book ended because I got so enthralled with the characters and the story I just wanted to keep reading. Five stars all the way!

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ambitious, compassionate, heartbreaking and often hilarious, this Greek-American epic follows a family from the burning of Smyrna in 1922 by the Turks to suburban Detroit in the seventies. At its heart, a lovable character christened Calliope is transfigured from girl to boy. Along with his rare genetic make-up—the outcome of history and ancestry—Cal has acquired a prescience that grants him the role of family storyteller.

Jan 15, 2013
  • joanniek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought it was fantastic! I love the voice Eugenides gave to Calliope.

Dec 07, 2012
  • azor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very rewarding. A must read.

An excellent book. As the Ottawa Citizen review indicates a " ... funny, sad, tragic, beautifully rendered..."

Jul 29, 2012
  • skylars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Little hard to get into, but once I did, couldn't put it down. It was a great book. Lots of history and detail of people's lives. Googled the book when I was finished, to answer the most asked question...why did Cal call his brother Chapter Eleven??

Jul 13, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, though certain elements seemed superfluous, most particularly the parts related to the Nation of Islam. Nonetheless, Eugenides is a clever and engaging writer and I look forward to his next project.

Jun 30, 2012
  • ange_f rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Among my favourite books of all time. It took me two tries to get into this book, but once I was I loved the language and the characters. Highly recommended.

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Pulitzer Prize winner

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