Jeffrey Eugenides and Benito Gomez Ibanez - Middlesex
In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking,... Read More
In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.<P>The explanation for this shocking state of affairs is a rare genetic mutation - and a guilty secret - that have followed Callie's grandparents from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to Prohibition-era Detroit and beyond, outlasting the glory days of the Motor City, the race riots of 1967, and the family's second migration, into the foreign country known as suburbia. Thanks to the gene, Callie is part girl, part boy. And even though the gene's epic travels have ended, her own odyssey has only begun.<P>Spanning eight decades - and one unusually awkward adolescence - Jeffrey Eugenides' long-awaited second novel is a grand, original f Minimize
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Apr 22, 2007
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Pros: Brilliant writing. That's all there is to it.
Cons: Got caught up in it and was distracted for a while from my real life.
The Bottom Line is, just read it. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 5, 2005
Middlesex - Pulitzer Prize novel - epic Greek American tale
Pros: Fascinating tale. Interesting historical perspective.
Cons: Odd narration. Pre-adolescent sexual play.
I'm sure this book would not appeal to everyone, but it is a refreshing look at a taboo subject with an ineresting and pivotal backdrop. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 18, 2004
THREE GENERATIONAL TALE OF THE GOOD AND BAD IN AMERICA
Pros: Beautiful writing, great likable characters and a moving story
If you want to go beyond the mundane into the beautiful world of words, this is the book for you. Read More at Epinions.com
May 17, 2010
Dealing With What We're Dealt
Pros: Excellent writing, excellent characters, magnificent story and development.
One of the best books I have read in the last 2 years, "Middlesex" is well written, developed, and extremely engaging. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 7, 2003
Much more than just the tale of a hermaphrodite.
Pros: A multigenerational epic with wonderfully likeable characters.
Cons: Starts a little slow.
An epic tragic comedy of a Greek family - spanning three generations. Wonderfully written and entertaining. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 17, 2005
Quite the Compelling Tale
Pros: Amazing writing, historically balanced and informative. Well-rounded characters.
Cons: I found no cons to this novel.
If you are looking for one of the best books ever written that takes you on full ride through a life and all of its hardships, this book does that. Read More at Epinions.com
Aug 19, 2004
Both Sides Now
Pros: Rich narration, thought-provoking themes, crisp, clear prose
Cons: Sexually explicit content may bother some readers
An insightful, delightful, read with masterful writing. Read More at Epinions.com
May 10, 2008
I saw rejection and humiliation and I wept for my life.
Pros: Epic, great writing, historical and modern, magical and realistic
Middlesex is a great book! Read More at Epinions.com
Jul 2, 2004
Another great book by Eugenides
Pros: Very well researched, with an epic slant that keeps you turning those pages.
Cons: A bit slow at the start. Read More at Epinions.com
Jun 17, 2004
Middlesex - Gender and religious issues
Pros: Beautifully written, interesting story, thought-provoking, charming
Cons: Not necessarily a con, but it is a slow read. Read More at Epinions.com
Oct 14, 2002
Teen Hermaphrodites: It's All Greek to Me
Pros: No-punches-pulled exploration of hermaphroditic teenage sexual awakening.
Cons: Not so relevant for those of us with just one set of genitals.
Eugenides is great at capturing '70s teen angst. However, the hermaphrodite angle makes it tough to relate, and the Greek history is bo-ring. Well-written, but occasionally drags. Read More at Epinions.com