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Middlesex

Eugenides, Jeffrey (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Eugenides, Jeffrey
Title: Middlesex
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus, Giroux, [2003], c2002.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
Characteristics: viii, 529 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "Oprah's Book Club"--Cover.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 6 7 15 16 17 18 53 61 67 68 71 77 102 104 118 122 133 143 148 149 150 152 153 167 172 203 210 211 228 231 243 258 263 264 268
ISBN: 9780312427733
Statement of Responsibility: Jeffrey Eugenides
Subject Headings: Teenagers Fiction. Intersexuality Fiction. Gender identity Fiction. Detroit (Mich.) Fiction. Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Fiction. Greek Americans Fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsroman-2003.
Domestic fiction-2003.
Topical Term: Teenagers
Intersexuality
Gender identity
Greek Americans
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A favorite! And an Oprah book pick.


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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.

Jun 27, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story we haven't seen before, told beautifully, in deceptively simple style. Strongly recommended.

Jun 26, 2012
  • ChrissyK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Finally got around to reading this one. Soooo wonderful! Can't wait to read his latest book.

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Jul 28, 2010
  • westiestimestwo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Pulitzer Prize winner

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