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review 2017-04-29 00:00
Middlesex
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides 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. The main character is intersex. She was thought to be a girl until puberty when her male side started showing more. There's so much knowledge here and so much made up story too. About everything not just about Cal. I really, really enjoyed it. Some subject matter may be off putting to some readers. It isn't supper graphic or obscene at all, but I don't think it's for everyone.
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review 2017-01-21 22:07
Review: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex - 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 was hard work and I struggled to get through it. For every 100 pages read, it felt like 1000. The author kept going off on tangents, throwing in facts or history which weren't necessary. It was extremely annoying to have to wade through all this extra information while still keeping track of the narrative. It pulled me away from the characters and their stories every time. So much so, that I had to force myself not to skim these sections. It would have been a much faster and a more enjoyable read without the tangents and history lessons.

 

That being said, I did enjoy the storyline. When the author stuck to the characters and their stories it was an enjoyable read, but way too often it was interrupted by everything else. I wanted to read on to learn what happened to the family. I enjoyed getting to know each generation and seeing how their experiences were influenced by the generation before. Had the book concentrated on this and had all the other stuff removed, I would probably recommend it. As it is, It's not one I would recommend.

 

 

 

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text 2017-01-12 04:57
100% done with Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

 

Man, was this book tough to get through. For every 100 pages read, it felt like 1000.

I could have done without all the history lessons and tangents!

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text 2017-01-06 22:52
235/532 done with Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

 

I feel like there is so much heavy reading in this one. I'm enjoying it but it feels like hard work :/

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review 2016-07-15 02:44
The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides

I might not be intellectual enough to appreciate this book. As a whole, it was an interesting story though.

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