I can read, you know.
Sunday, June 05, 2005 :::
Why I read it: It won a Pulitzer
What I think about it: Middlesex is a semi-involving epic chronicling the transformation of a hermaphrodite and the generations of ancestors whose intra-familial relationships were responsible for his/her condition. It is handsomely written with great characterizations and interesting historical perspectives about Greece during the Turkish invasion, Detroit during the race riots, and San Francisco during the sexual revolution, but it's curiously not as emotionally involving as I thought it would be. This is especially true of the main narrator Calliope (Cal), who is a vivid character, but I was never able to feel a strong attachment to him/her, even during his/her most difficult experiences. Maybe that's because her/his own identity is so unclear to him/herself that it becomes hard to identify with him/her. It's hard to understand someone who so clearly doesn't really understand his/herself. But in the end, the book comes together with a satisfying conclusion, reuniting multiple generations, and bringing the story full-circle in a heart-warming way. Definitely an original novel, but not as emotionally charged as I was hoping, and a couple of the plot points were slightly contrived. Still, a worthwhile read that had more than its share of inspired storytelling. It took me four months to read, though. Not because I'm a slow reader or anything. I was just busy.
Learn more about it.
::: posted by dan at 10:12 PM :: #
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Sa...
Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryso...
Sickened by Julie Gregory
My Friend Leonard by James Frey
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
b stacy b
03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004
04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004
06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004
07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004
08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004
09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004
11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004
01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005
06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005
10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005
01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006
07/01/2006 - 08/01/2006
08/01/2007 - 09/01/2007