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Summary Ö Middlesex Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download è PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free á Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides á 2 Characters Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition era Detroit witn. Don t judge a book by its coverI 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 uote 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 TypicalI couldn t have been wrongMiddlesex is the story of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but discovered in her adolescence that she is actually Cal than Calliope More specifically Middlesex the title takes on a new meaning now is the story of three generations of a Greek family and the incestuous genetic and social history that enables the existence of Cal who narrates the storyThe novel is epic It spans nearly a century and traces the Stephanides family from battle torn Greece and Turkey in the 1920s across an Atlantic voyage from the street corners of Detroit through World War II and out to the suburban haven of Grosse Pointe Michigan The novel incorporates details upon details from all different spheres of life dropping name brands from different time periods and regions and incorporating specialized jargon from a wide range of fields Jeffrey Eugenides must have done an immense immense amount of research during the writing process And the scope is as broad as the focus is often narrow Over the course of 20th century the Stephanides family responds to and participates in political social and cultural movements and through them we feel not only the sweep of a small Greek enclave but also the sweep of a nation s growth as it engages Prohibition World War II the idealism of the 50s the revolutions of the 60s and 70s and The story is as much about the conflicts within a country as it is about a family trying to face its secrets past and present Through it all Cal as a narrator is clever and endearing A story about a hermaphrodite sounds unfamiliar to most at first and there are moments in the novel when Cal faces the visceral or fearful reactions that arise in those prone to fear But from page one Eugenides clears the air setting us on a fresh foundation and we discover a character who faces familiar childhood and adolescent trials and tribulations we discover the humanity of a character one might otherwise find alienated elsewhere Do I recommend it Yes It s a good tale for the modern age Would I teach it Not likely At 527 pages it s just too long Lasting impression Epic I ll remember it for the incredible depth and breadth of knowledge it demonstrates This novel impresses upon me the amount of research that an author must do to prepare for a serious work Soumission village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition era Detroit witn. Don t judge a book by its coverI 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 uote 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 TypicalI couldn t have been wrongMiddlesex is the story of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but discovered in her adolescence that she is actually Cal than Calliope More specifically Middlesex the title takes on a new meaning now is the story of three generations of a Greek family and the incestuous genetic and social history that enables the existence of Cal who narrates the storyThe novel is epic It spans nearly a century and traces the Stephanides family from battle torn Greece and Turkey in the 1920s across an Atlantic The Isles A History visceral or fearful reactions that arise in those prone to fear But from page one Eugenides clears the air setting us on a fresh foundation and we discover a character who faces familiar childhood and adolescent trials and tribulations we discover the humanity of a character one might otherwise find alienated elsewhere Do I recommend it Yes It s a good tale for the modern age Would I teach it Not likely At 527 pages it s just too long Lasting impression Epic I ll remember it for the incredible depth and breadth of knowledge it demonstrates This novel impresses upon me the amount of research that an author must do to prepare for a serious work

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Summary Ö Middlesex Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download è PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free á Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides á 2 Characters Ily secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction Lyrical and thrilling Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American ep. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal 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 matographiue 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 This is the only Eugenides book I have read but it will definitely check out his other booksAn interesting sidenote trying to explain the book daddy is reading to my 7yo daughter and my 10yo son I was able to painlessly explain why brothers and sisters cannot get married a very common kid s uestion and even reproductive functions in a painless and intuitive way since Callie has organs of both sexes but the penis zizi in kid s French is inside her vagina zezette she cannot have babies and will never menstruate clean the house where the baby can live She also has too many male hormones to develop breasts which happens about the same time or just before menstruation This deformation was the improbable result of the union of a brother and sister two generations back Nature wants to ensure a varied gene pool and thus it is better to seek love outside one s own family This explanation seemed to satisfy both of them UPDATE Great recent article at good housekeepingcom The Isles A History very common kid s uestion and even reproductive functions in a painless and intuitive way since Callie has organs of both sexes but the penis zizi in kid s French is inside her KING vagina zezette she cannot have babies and will never menstruate clean the house where the baby can live She also has too many male hormones to develop breasts which happens about the same time or just before menstruation This deformation was the improbable result of the union of a brother and sister two generations back Nature wants to ensure a Ty jesteś moje imię varied gene pool and thus it is better to seek love outside one s own family This explanation seemed to satisfy both of them UPDATE Great recent article at good housekeepingcom

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Summary Ö Middlesex Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Read & download è PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free á Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides á 2 Characters Essing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe Michigan To understand why Calliope is not like other girls she has to uncover a guilty fam. 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 freuent maneuvers like And me That s simple I was are really unacceptable And Sing Muse of Greek ladies and their battle against unsightly hair is about as funny as poop Except for the incest the long family history plot was like a mashup of immigrant dramas from cable TV Greek family barely escapes home country to make it to the United States where they wander through 20th century history in a dull procession of unmotivated Gumpy forays into Wikipedia that have no effect whatsoever on their character development Now we ll shove these characters through Prohibition mass production the Detroit race riots The partition of Cyprus San Francisco hippies the tragedy of Michael Dukakis s helmet moment and the founding of the Nation of Islam The incest part of the story was good in the beginning the early love scenes between the grandparents are wonderful and then impressively tedious Desdemona feels guilt and then she feels guilt again The metaphors are embarassingly bad Cal lives on a street named Middlesex and eventually finds reconciliation of the two sides of himself in Berlin after reunification Why not have Desdemona live on I Feel Guilty For Sleeping With My Brother Boulevard Cal remains completely undefined as a character except in terms of his understandably tough time figuring out his own identity confused isn t much of a character Everyone else in the book fails to exist at all Jimmy Zizmo turns out to be the founder of the Nation of Islam Eugenides says self importantly that you ve probably guessed that no Not only did I not guess it it doesn t make any sense logical or emotional and it s completely uninteresting Why not have him turn out to be Richard Nixon Uncle Mike turns out to be a psychopath who extorts his own family Why Who cares Cal s lack of voice or character is the worst thing if your book aims to show readers what it s like inside the world of an intersex person you should show us that world from the inside in a way that makes sense or at least a way that s interesting Cal has no voice no face no identity What voice there is is completely inconsistent with his behavior the current Cal is reticent shy depressed lonely and retiring our narrator is open boisterous discursive ironic omniscient for no particular reason and irritatingly jokey And the book no has ideas about sexuality than it does about Cal s character As one reviewer said the most disappointing thing about the book is it ends up reinforcing stereotyped dumb ideas about gender like Breasts have the same effect on me as on anyone with my testosterone level as if there were no gays Callie s pursuit of The Object doesn t make her uestion categories it just convinces her she s a boy There is no middle sex here there s no middle ground it s gawking than Tiresias like insight

  • Paperback
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  • Middlesex
  • Jeffrey Eugenides
  • English
  • 06 April 2019
  • 9780312422158