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Middlesex Kindle Edition
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‘A masterful dissection and reassembling of the American Dream into a shape you will not quite have seen anywhere before’ Daily Telegraph
‘Superb. Warm and beautifully written. Illuminates part of the human soul’ Sunday Times
‘Truly original and compelling’ Daily Mail
‘Eugenides is a big and a big-hearted talent’ Jonathan Franzen--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00BVT5WKM
- Publisher : Fourth Estate (15 April 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 945 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 539 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 78,123 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is these rich, sumptuous descriptions that immediately transport us to the small Greek village clutching the mountain, to the trans-Atlantic crossing undertaken by two sibling lovers, to the fiery war torn Detroit race riots, to the Stephanides parlour reeking of men, emotion and volatility. We become immersed in the story and the characters, and by doing so we come to understand the total loss and bewilderment that Cal feels as he slowly comes to the realisation that he is “different”.
Cal is a warm, engaging open narrator. He is omniscient, and this again provides Eugenides with an opportunity to showcase his talent. “So I raise one fist (male typically) and begin to beat on the walls of my eggshell until it cracks. Then, slippery as a yolk, I dive headfirst into the world” narrates Cal of his conception. Brilliant!
And even though Cal is aware that his hermaphroditism stems from his grandparents incestuous relationship, there is no bitterness or recrimination. He accepts his family foibles and shortcomings just as he comes to accept his “differences”. Indeed it is this feeling that permeates the book: Eugenides has been able to deftly handle the incest and experimental sex scenes; in his hands they are written with tenderness and love.
I simply did not want this tale to end. Over the course of 400 pages I had come to know and love the Stephanides. I was looking forward to taking the journey with Cal – to find out how she traversed from a confused and frightened 14 year old girl to a tentatively confident 41 year old male. And this is where the story disappoints. We lose the beauty and magic that was evident to this point. We lose the warmth and candour. Instead it feels we are rushed through a somewhat sordid ending.
Despite this Middlesex is a wonderful reading experience – thoroughly engrossing and highly recommended.
(Four and a half stars)
Top reviews from other countries
The core subject matter is complex but as a consequence of the literary style I couldn’t empathise with the narrator’s character who is struggling with his/her gender and sexuality.
The novel was first published in 2002, it is 530 pages of fairly small type, split into four sections then each of them further subdivided into several chapters.
I plodded my way through it but was dragged down by the huge amounts of unnecessary detail which really didn't add enough to the story. The story itself was interesting but drowned by too many distractions, it should have been handled much more sensitively which would have made the book more compelling.
I enjoyed the book so much though that I feel upset it is finished and am going to struggle to decide what to read next.