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Middlesex (2002)

de Jeffrey Eugenides

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In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them--along with Callie's failure to develop--leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.… (més)
Afegit fa poc perSarah220, biblioteca privada, old_whateley, mphunyadi194, Jpazderk, SONYAns, Mike_O, WiebkeK, beermanaj, AndreaFF
  1. 101
    Les correccions de Jonathan Franzen (sipthereader, sturlington)
  2. 81
    Besar el vellut de Sarah Waters (_debbie_)
    _debbie_: Both are (at least partially) historical novels with strong themes of identity, coming of age, and going against the mainstream to stay true to what you feel is right. Although one is set in Victorian England and the other isn't, they both have that same feel of rich language and descriptive place.… (més)
  3. 81
    The Hotel New Hampshire de John Irving (Othemts)
    Othemts: Multi-generational eccentric families, entrepreneurship, incest, the average made epic - yep, these books have it all!
  4. 82
    Una dona difícil de John Irving (readerbabe1984)
  5. 83
    The Virgin Suicides de Jeffrey Eugenides (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: share the same exquisite sense of setting: boring, but not terrible suburban America, second half of last century.
  6. 51
    As Nature Made Him de John Colapinto (librorumamans, librorumamans)
    librorumamans: The connection of this book to Middlesex is Eugenides' character, Dr Luce, who appears to be modelled on Dr John Money of Johns Hopkins University. As Nature Made Him is a non-fiction account of Money's experimental (and unsuccessful) sex reassignment of David Reimer, whose botched infant circumcision left him genitally mutilated. Both books compellingly look at the complexity of gender identity.… (més)
  7. 20
    Anywhere but Here de Mona Simpson (ainsleytewce)
    ainsleytewce: Both are very American stories, about families in the 20th century, fighting wars, starting businesses, raising families, and both feature a teenage protagonist.
  8. 64
    La marca de l'home de Philip Roth (sarah-e)
    sarah-e: A character 'passes' in society - dealing with culture and identity.
  9. 10
    Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a City de Marjorie Housepian Dobkin (Usuari anònim)
  10. 10
    How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States de Joanne Meyerowitz (jacr)
  11. 10
    Les hores de Michael Cunningham (sturlington)
  12. 10
    The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit de Thomas J. Sugrue (jacr)
    jacr: A scholarly discussion of the decline of Detroit and its race riots. People who liked Eugenides's fictional account of Detroit might be interested in this historical version.
  13. 32
    Cutting for Stone de Abraham Verghese (someproseandcons)
    someproseandcons: Both books are family and community sagas centered around secrets, and both books are carried by a strong and compelling voice.
  14. 32
    The Master Butchers Singing Club de Louise Erdrich (ainsleytewce)
    ainsleytewce: Both begin with immigrants who come to America at approximately the same time.
  15. 22
    Intersex: A Perilous Difference de Morgan Holmes (boat-song)
    boat-song: Contains an amazing chapter on Eugenides and Middlesex, and for those interested in gender, a must read.
  16. 00
    Getting Ghost: Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City de Luke Bergmann (paulkid)
    paulkid: Get a little history of Detroit from the stories of the people who lived there.
  17. 11
    Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy de Thomas Beatie (infiniteletters)
  18. 00
    Sugarless de James Magruder (amberwitch)
    amberwitch: Similar topic and era
  19. 23
    Annabel de Kathleen Winter (BookshelfMonstrosity, Booktrovert)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Annabel follows the life of a hermaphrodite who was not masculine enough to please his father. The novel explores themes of family relations, gender roles, and sexual identity similar to those in Middlesex.
    Booktrovert: While reminiscent of Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, Annabel is a compelling and accomplished debut novel about one person’s struggle to discover the truth in a culture that shuns contradiction. Annabel offers some hard themes for readers. It is the story of an intersex child born in a remote coastal Labrador village in 1968. Primarily, I feel, Winter has written an homage to self-determination and self-preservation. An intersex child is born with atypical reproductive anatomy – both male and female anatomy are present. Advocates for intersex infants argue against surgical alterations of gentalia and reproductive organs being performed in order to accommodate societal expectations of what it means to be male or female in the world. This choice forms the centre of Winter’s novel.… (més)
  20. 01
    La Trama matrimonial de Jeffrey Eugenides (2810michael)

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Beautiful book about identity and how we find out who we are, both from a sex/gender angle and what country immigrants belong to. They style is very interesting, quite humorous, and the narrative is able to create all sorts of emotions in this family history that culminates in the narrator's story. Definitely worth reading. ( )
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Despite overwhelming acclaim for this book, I had a hard time getting through it. I set it aside in favor of starting-and-finishing other books maybe 10 times; it took me months to finish it. I enjoyed the last 20% but found the epic journey to get there to be a slog. I know this puts me in the minority, but that's where I'm at. ( )
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The beginning of the book really made me think this was going to be a page turner, but it ultimately took me over 3 months to finish because I just couldn't get into it. Parts of the story were really interesting, but curiously enough, those interesting parts didn't really have much to do with the heart of the story.

I thought the main plot was interesting, but not interesting enough for me to recommend this read to another person. However, the subplots were great fun to read. I thought the interesting parts were well written (the war between Turkey and Greece and Desmodena's stint in the church with Zizmo), but the main plot (Callie's story of coming to terms with her hermaphroditic body) was slow to grow. It could have been better. ( )
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Creative, suspenseful, lyrical at times, sexy at others. A contemporary tour de force. ( )
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This novel repeats the stand-out achievements of The Virgin Suicides: an ability to describe the horrible in a comic voice, an unusual form of narration and an eye for bizarre detail.
afegit per SqueakyChu | editaGuardian, Mark Lawson (Oct 5, 2002)
 
Eugenides does such a superb job of capturing the ironies and trade-offs of assimilation that Calliope's evolution into Cal doesn't feel sudden at all, but more like a transformation we've been through ourselves.
 
Some of this footloose book is charming. Most of it is middling.
afegit per Shortride | editaTime, Richard Lacayo (Sep 23, 2002)
 
His narrator is a soul who inhabits a liminal realm, a creature able to bridge the divisions that plague humanity, endowed with ''the ability to communicate between the genders, to see not with the monovision of one sex but in the stereoscope of both.'' That utopian reach makes ''Middlesex'' deliriously American; the novel's patron saint is Walt Whitman, and it has some of the shagginess of that poet's verse to go along with the exuberance. But mostly it is a colossal act of curiosity, of imagination and of love.
 
''Middlesex'' is a novel about roots and rootlessness. (The middle-sex, middle-ethnic, middle-American DNA twists are what move Cal to Berlin; the author now lives there too.) But the writing itself is also about mixing things up, grafting flights of descriptive fancy with hunks of conversational dialogue, pausing briefly to sketch passing characters or explain a bit of a bygone world.

''The Virgin Suicides'' is all of a piece, contained within the boundaries of one neighborhood; ''Middlesex'' -- a strange Scheherazade of a book -- is all in pieces, as all big family stories are, bursting the boundaries of logic.
 

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Eugenides, Jeffreyautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bagnoli, KatiaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them--along with Callie's failure to develop--leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

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