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Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex
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'I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license... show more
'I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license records my first name simply as Cal.' So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Point, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, "Middlesex" is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780747561620 (0747561621)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 529
Edition language: English
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Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
5.0 Middlesex
I love the style of writing this author uses. It's a little bit humorous and touching both without being too much of either. The entire story kept my attention. I didn't want to put it down to do real life things. So much of it was unexpected to me. It follows a family from Greece to America. ...
Scarlet's Web
Scarlet's Web rated it
2.5 Review: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
As part of the TBR Canine Jar Challenge, Middlesex was chosen by Enya. So far she's chosen The Exorcist which was a 5-star read and now Middlesex which I have to say I struggled with. There is a lot of reading to this one. It's not that it's over-written per se, more that it's over told. It ...
Ellen Allen Writes
Ellen Allen Writes rated it
3.0 Middlesex; riveting book about gender but still way too long
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (who wrote The Virgin Suicides) is a really interesting book about gender; what it really means to be male or female, whether our choices are hard-wired and how we assume our gender over time. It’s also a book about the genetic outcomes from the choices that people mak...
Bark's Book Nonsense
Bark's Book Nonsense rated it
3.0 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - A Rambling Mess of a Review In Reverse
My final update: Whelp, I finished but I can't sit here and say it was all fun and games. This book was work to finish. I'm sticking with my 3 star rating. In the end, it had moments of interest, moments of tedium and I felt that it was far too long for a book that didn't grab me emotionally. Ah wel...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
4.0 Book 42/100: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I haven't read a "family epic" since The Thornbirds back in college, and this one is of a very different ilk.The idea of an intersex narrator interested me, a holdover from my earlier fixation on all things GLTBQ. If that is the main point of interest for other readers, I think it would be easy to b...
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