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Мидълсекс , 1960 , 1974 I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM, exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn t keep me from this night s rest, I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench, or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I su
Don t judge a book by its cover.I d seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers, so I decided to pick it up The title, Middlesex , suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship, and a quote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty, part Ishmael So I came to the foolish conclusion that this was some 19th century English seafaring novel Typical I couldn t have beenwrong.Middlesex is the story of a Don t judge a book by its cover.I d seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers, so I decided to pick it up The title, Middlesex , suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship, and a quote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty, part Ishmael So I came to the foolish conclusion that this was some 19th century English seafar
Alright, it s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece.Being a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist, whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science , I find the premise of this novel to be incredibly interesting.5 Reductase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder autosomal meaning that the gene cod Alright, it s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece.Being a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist, whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I ve convinced myself are just as fulfill
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it An interesting idea, and a few engrossing sex scenes I like the crocus and the peep tank, and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me in completely , and a nice two pages toward the end when Julie accepts Cal for what he is But the prose was awful frequent maneuvers like And me That s simple I wasare really unacceptabl This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it An interesting idea, and a few engrossing sex scenes I like the crocus and the peep tank, and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me in completely , and a nice two pages toward the end when Julie accepts Cal for what he is But the prose was awful frequent maneuvers like And me That s simple I wasare really unacceptable And Sing, Muse, of Greek ladies and their battle against unsightly ha
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of Calliope Cal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first, as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cin matographique narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his complex incestuous family history from the origins of her grandparents as Greek Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of Calliope Cal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first, as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cin matographique narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his complex incestuous family history from the origins of her grandparents as Greeks fleeing Smyrna as the Turks invade to Detroit from the 20s up to the 70s The narrative time shifts between his life as a 41 year old man Cal to this running family history written in a witty, humorous style which I found fun and engaging The text ingeniously woven together from history and science with many recurrent themes silkworms, Greek orthodox beliefs and practices, guilt and redemption, etc I couldn t put this book down Thi
This isn t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I would recommend it Now onwards to my shame.So Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides Please understand it was a really long line after a similarly long day at work We passed the time chitchatting about this and that at our workplace and life in general By the time the organizer offered post its to our segment of the line, we were getting silly and joked ab This isn t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I would recommend it Now onwards to my shame.So Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides Please understand it was a really long line after a similarly long day at work We passed the time chitchatting about this and that at our workplace and life in general By the time the organizer offered post its to our segment of the line, we were getting silly and joked about all the crazy names and titles you could request Instead of sticking
Exactly the flawless masterpiece you ve heard of I ve read hundreds of novels in my day, this is in the top 3 On equal shelf with A Confederacy of Dunces and Blonde My own personal trifecta perfecta the best novels of ALL TIME I will never stop lauding this book Unbel
This is a book about transition.Transition from child to adult to parent and grandparent.From native to immigrant.From brother and sister to husband and wife.From rural dweller to urbanite.From modest affluence to poverty and up again.From loving language to losing the power of speech.From geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrest.From belief to unbelief.From rescued to rescuer.From moral probity to corruption and crime.Oh, and one character transitions from female to male.The last This is a book about transition.Transition from child to adult to parent and grandparent.From native to immigrant.From brother and sister to husband and wife.From rural dweller to urbanite.From modest affluence to poverty and up again.From loving language to losing the power of speech.From geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrest.From belief to unbelief.From rescued to rescuer.From moral probity to corruption and crime.Oh, and one character transitions from female to male.The last of those is the book s US
ex ovo omnia everything comes out of an egg.Yowsers, there are over twenty thousand reviews of this book on this site alone, so no, cannot say that I ve read them all, but it does get me to thinking ..I enjoyed this book waythan I expected And yet my expectations were misinformed by assumptions, most of which were my own, not the least of which was about the title Sometimes when reading I feel compelled to slow down, take
Mr Eugenides can do everything, or at least I am convinced of such after reading Middlesex.I passed on this book for a long time I kept picking it up in bookstores and putting it down I ve seen quotes from it everywhere, all of which were beautiful, and kept hearing wonderful things about it from friends To be perfectly honest, what kept me from picking it up in the subject a hermaphrodite I think of myself as someone with an open mind, but the thing is that I just wasn t sure if I d be ab Mr Eugenides can do everything, or at least I am convinced of such after reading Middlesex.I passed on this book for a long time I kept picking it up in bookstores and putting it down I ve seen quotes from it everywh