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Middlesex (2002)

por Jeffrey Eugenides

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Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.
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    Tipping the Velvet por 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.… (mais)
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    The Virgin Suicides por Jeffrey Eugenides (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: share the same exquisite sense of setting: boring, but not terrible suburban America, second half of last century.
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    A Widow for One Year por John Irving (readerbabe1984)
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    As Nature Made Him por 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.… (mais)
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    Anywhere but Here por 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.
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    sarah-e: A character 'passes' in society - dealing with culture and identity.
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    The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit por 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.
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    someproseandcons: Both books are family and community sagas centered around secrets, and both books are carried by a strong and compelling voice.
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    paulkid: Get a little history of Detroit from the stories of the people who lived there.
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    amberwitch: Similar topic and era
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    ainsleytewce: Both begin with immigrants who come to America at approximately the same time.
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    boat-song: Contains an amazing chapter on Eugenides and Middlesex, and for those interested in gender, a must read.
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Well written, but not my taste.
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  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
It's hard to summarize this book succinctly, and I understand the feeling that it brings together a host of narratives and feelings, many of which not obviously thematically linked. Nevertheless, to me the very improbability of their occurrence is somehow more compelling; this is a fictional account of real experiences that captures something particular about each of them. For me, I took away so much. The literal American saga of the expulsion from war, immigrant experience and struggle, the Great Depression, the second war, the postwar boom, the 60s, the 70s. Race riots, white flight, San Francisco, the morphing and multiple views on religion, sex and life. The sensation of feeling out of place, at the bottom of the heap. The reassurance of the present-day narration. The repetitive cycles of life, the motifs that return, the lessons learned, the people along the way. The tropes, even. The secrets, the shame, the confusion, the inability to communicate, the struggle of making it work. Unchanging natures. The old men nattering. The teenagers. The fundamental existence of people, somehow, the contrast to the hubris of the present, to mine perhaps. Icarus rather than Prometheus.

Apparently, a review full of sentence fragments at 5am. It's good, read it. ( )
  Zedseayou | Jan 30, 2024 |
Enjoyable, though I found it a little slow in places, and the back-history of the hero/ine's family takes up most of the book it seems. I felt like I learned at least as much, probably more, about Greek-American culture than I did about the experience of hermaphrodism. ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
I'm not quite sure what made me keep reading this book I found on the list of Pulitzer Prize winners. Maybe it was the family drama, or the way Eugenides effortlessly moved his characters through history while keeping everything relevant to the context of Calliope's story. Something did make me keep reading though, and by the end I was closely attached to the fates of the characters and inspired by the way Calliope comes out of this tumultuous journey which started even before she was born. ( )
  sophia.magyk | Jan 3, 2024 |
I can't add much to the perceptive assessments of this book offered by other Goodreads users below, other than to say it earns every word of high praise it has garnered.
  Mark_Feltskog | Dec 23, 2023 |
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This novel repeats the stand-out achievements...an ability to describe the horrible in a comic voice, an unusual form of narration and an eye for bizarre detail.
adicionada por vibesandall | editarGuardian, 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.
adicionada por vibesandall | editarPittsburgh Post-Gazette, John Freeman (Sep 29, 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.
adicionada por vibesandall | editarThe New York Times Book Review, Laura Miller (Sep 15, 2002)
 
''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.
adicionada por dale-in-queens | editarCnn.com, Lisa Schwarzbaum (Sep 9, 2002)
 
Like the Greek drama cuff links that Cal's father wears, ''Middlesex'' has two faces -- one comedic, the other tragic -- and the novel turns the story of Cal's coming of age into an uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets.
adicionada por vibesandall | editarThe New York Times, Michiko Kakutani (Sep 3, 2002)
 

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Eugenides, Jeffreyautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Bagnoli, KatiaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Cholodenko, MarcTraductionautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gómez Ibáñez, BenitoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Larsen, Dag HeyerdahlTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lindenburg, MiekeTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lindholm, Juhani(KÄÄnt.)autor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Nilsson, Hans-JacobTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Schönfeld, EikeÜbersetzerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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