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Jeffrey Eugenides lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife, the photographer and sculptor Karen Yamauchi, and their daughter. So you have to be careful while reading. Certain aspects of the novel are autobiographical. There’s also a lot of references to books and authors, like Barthes and Derrida. There are also tendrils of his peer, Jonathan Franzen, in his style. As Madeleine tries to understand why “it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth century France,” real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.
Eugenides writes great satire. It’s always there, though. He’s as vulnerable as he is flawed, and we begin to see why Madeleine is obsessed with him. For example, I initially found Madeline to be fairly thinly rendered in comparison to the more fully fleshed out intellectual and emotional lives of her male counterparts, but by the end I thought that might be part of the point ie.
There is very little I can say beyond an enthusiastic ‘You must read this book’. It is books like this one that make me weep for humanity.
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But the other two seem under-realised. Madeleine is waiting for acceptance into Yale etc, Leonard for a fellowship and Mitchell has work with a professor in India lined up.
I enjoyed Mitchell’s visits to Paris and India in search of himself. The love triangle which drives the plot reminds me of the Freudian view of self.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – review
Mitchell, like Eugenides, is Greek, was raised in Detroit, carried a briefcase in college,  and traveled to India after his graduation. Leonard is the brilliant but understated young man whose campus mystique serves to mask his bipolar disorder.
Did any of you read it, yet? Which I do not. It doesn’t help that he seems to be plagued with the smarmy blandness that Madeleine suffers from. Though I have been a eugeides for more years than I’m willing to confess, I have somehow never read Jeffrey Eugenides, despite his Pulitzer Prize and the fact that The Virgin Suicides is the favorite novel of one of my favorite sales reps shout-out to Michael Kindness!
For anyone who has attended college, this will make you think of those days; the exams, lectures, life on campus, study, relationships, parties etc. Nov 09, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing.
I was smitten by Eugenidies prose from the first page and missed the characters and the story long after I finished the novel. Mitchell, well-behaved and presentable, plays the Mr Knightley role: She found herself sometimes judiciously weighing it in her hand.
Well, I for one think it’s excellent. This was the first book that I read in my first house I bought late last year. They’ll also tell you not to have the novel start with someone waking up. Can he control his disorder through his daily doses of lithium or will it ultimately control him and drive his destiny?
I saw Eugenides one of my favorite authors ever speak and received an autographed copy, which had a dust jacket that my dog Franny chewed his face from.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think. He later earned an M. Oct 16, Gerald rated it it was amazing. Or, I dunno, Middlemarch? Understand, I didn’t get any of this from him back then, just from what others, including Susan Sontag, have written about him since.
The intensity in Leonard’s voice was, at times, almost hard to read; but I think it was the best part of the book, though perhaps not as essential to its theme.
At its core is Madeleine egowho has spent her time consuming stories about love without absorbing their lessons about life. And there are lots of lessons and thoughts you’ll get from reading this one. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Eugenides seems to take 9 years to write and publish a novel.
Not exactly the same because in having this book, Jeffrey Eugenides creates his own kind of heroine and tries to put it side-by-side these women of classic literature. Sep 29, switterbug Betsey rated it liked it. The back and forth of the plot’s chronology flows like memory, like you’re caught up in the spell of a master story teller.
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For this reader, he was skating on slick and thin ice, without cutting or boring through, but with an urgent velocity that leaves you breathless and warm on the one hand, constricted and cold on the other. But despite making many a year-end best-of list and literary award-nominated, it almost as quickly tumbled down my list as heard very mixed things about it including the inevitable “not as good” as Middlesex. Want to Read saving….
You made me care about these twenty-something white college kids despite myself. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. We get to see his mania from all kinds of different eugenidees, which is interesting.
This is all expressed with Euegenides’ explemary style, his flowing sentences and incredible insight. His lesson plan was built around Balzac’s short story “Sarrasine,” which is the engrossing tale of a man obsessed by an opera star who turns out to be both a castralto and the “kept woman” of a powerful priest. In his acknowledgements, Eugenides credits several experts and sources for genetic research another themebut he thanks no one for his extensive detailing of bipolar disorder and its treatment.
Typically, there is this girl the heroine and she marriqge to choose between different suitors, and there will be all sorts of hijinks pride, prejudices, misunderstandings, madwomen in the attic, etc.