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Middlesex (2002)

por 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.… (mais)
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    The Corrections por Jonathan Franzen (sipthereader, sturlington)
  2. 81
    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 Hotel New Hampshire por John Irving (Othemts)
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    A Widow for One Year por John Irving (readerbabe1984)
  5. 83
    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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    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.
  8. 64
    The Human Stain por Philip Roth (sarah-e)
    sarah-e: A character 'passes' in society - dealing with culture and identity.
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    Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a City por Marjorie Housepian Dobkin (Utilizador anónimo)
  10. 10
    How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States por Joanne Meyerowitz (jacr)
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    The Hours por Michael Cunningham (sturlington)
  12. 10
    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.
  13. 32
    Cutting for Stone por 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.
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    The Master Butchers Singing Club por Louise Erdrich (ainsleytewce)
    ainsleytewce: Both begin with immigrants who come to America at approximately the same time.
  15. 22
    Intersex: A Perilous Difference por Morgan Holmes (boat-song)
    boat-song: Contains an amazing chapter on Eugenides and Middlesex, and for those interested in gender, a must read.
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    Getting Ghost: Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City por Luke Bergmann (paulkid)
    paulkid: Get a little history of Detroit from the stories of the people who lived there.
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    Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy por Thomas Beatie (infiniteletters)
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    Sugarless por James Magruder (amberwitch)
    amberwitch: Similar topic and era
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    Annabel por 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.… (mais)
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emo girl finds out he is actually a boy: or, my big fat greek crocus.
  CLARPUS | Feb 25, 2021 |
I love the style of writing this author uses. It's a little bit humorous and touching both without being too much of either. The entire story kept my attention. I didn't want to put it down to do real life things. So much of it was unexpected to me. It follows a family from Greece to America. The main character is intersex. She was thought to be a girl until puberty when her male side started showing more. There's so much knowledge here and so much made up story too. About everything not just about Cal. I really, really enjoyed it. Some subject matter may be off putting to some readers. It isn't supper graphic or obscene at all, but I don't think it's for everyone. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
Like the hermaphrodite narrator of Middlesex, my first copy of this novel had extra "body parts," although in my book's case it's duplicative sets of pages 85 through 116, rather than male and female anatomy. The first set was physically in a place it wasn't supposed to be (immediately after page 52), but unlike the narrator's extra parts, my book's deformity didn't cause dysphoria and was easily replaced by a new, sequentially correct copy.*

It seems not merely ironic but somehow appropriate that my book was born malformed. As the half-star rating indicates, I didn't care for this book (when will I learn to stick to my rule not to read Pulitzer Prize winning books published after 1998?). Part of my dislike stems from the books organizational style: choppy blocks of narrative, some short as commercials, others the length of documentaries, that alternate between the narrator's family story and her/his present day life, which never becomes germane to the story (more on that later).

Some of my dislike stems from the unending procession of dysfunction in the plot. A Greek brother and sister marry and have two children, then hide their lineage from everyone until the end of the novel (which is supposedly the big reveal). The son from this incestuous relationship marries his cousin; together they have Calliope, the hermaphrodite narrator of the novel. As a result, Calliope's first cousin twice-removed is also her/his grandmother, her/his father is also his parents' nephew and her/his brother is also her/his third cousin. All this nonsense to rationalize the origins of Calliope's genetic deformity.

Primarily, though, I simply dislike the piling on of pointless details that turned what might have been an interesting 200-or-so page story into a 529 page slog. There's a three-hundred word description of the implausible effects from a woman fanning herself on household dust and a passing car. There's a fourteen-year-old runaway in a bus stop walking past a group of priests and magically knowing they are from Sri Lanka, a fact which has zero bearing on the story (if this complaint seems trivial, know that this scene occurred late in the novel when I was suffering severe overload). Here's the same girl earlier, describing herself hiding on the school toilet: "In the basement bathroom was a time frame I felt much more comfortable with, not the rat race of the school upstairs but the slow, evolutionary progress of the earth, of its plant and animal life forming out of the generative, primeval mud." Only an author trying to elevate a meaningless event into cosmic revelation writes that sentence. And most frustratingly, that garbage precedes a perfectly believable scene of the girl's parents lying in bed worrying about her.

I have wondered in other reviews how the novel in question merited a Pulitzer, after reading it through in hope of answering that question by the time I'm done. This novel is no different. Early in the book, Calliope pees on the priest performing her baptism, and we are led to believe the urine stream is capable of traveling the miraculous distance it does because she has a penis. Later, however, we learn that her penis has no opening, that her urine comes out from underneath it. Even in a book as fantastical as Middlesex, such an inconsistency shouldn't exist, not in a Pulitzer Prize winning book.

Jeffrey Eugenides, the author, is undoubtedly imaginative and has talent. I read that it took him nine years to finish this novel. My guess is that he spent the first eight on Calliope's heritage, because the novel's conclusion, where she/he finally comes center stage and becomes Cal, feels rushed and incomplete in comparison to the time spent building to the transformation.

* - I do wonder whether the previous owner abandoned the book before discovering its defect, thus innocently inflicting it upon me, or sold it after discovery, thus maliciously inflicting it on me for the two or three dollars they got from Half Price Books. Unfortunately I will just have to wonder. ( )
  skavlanj | Feb 10, 2021 |
Quanto è difficile recensire questo romanzo! Quando l'ho chiuso tutto mi era perfettamente chiaro, sapevo cosa scrivere: le emozioni che avevo provato nella lettura erano esposte davanti a me come tanti quadri in una galleria d'arte. Ora però è diverso: ogni volta che cerco di descrivere cosa ho provato durante la lettura, mi accorgo che saltano fuori sempre nuovi dettagli che portano con loro nuove emozioni, nuovi occhi con cui guardare questo straordinario romanzo e che a loro volta svelano particolari che alla prima lettura non avevo colto. E' in questo modo che, recensire questo libro, si è trasformato per me in un intricatissimo labirinto.
Eppure questa rete di suggestioni, queste immagini cosi ricche di echi sono supportate da una narrazione di rara chiarezza e tutt'altro che difficile da usufruire.
Eugenides è un narratore di classe, che non ha bisogno di stupire con effetti speciali e il suo tono colloquiale e brillante è ampiamente sufficiente per aprire interi oceani emotivi nell'animo del lettore.
Davanti agli occhi lettore si dispiega, così, senza intoppi, una storia che riesce ad essere allo stesso tempo epica e personale che, attraverso le vicende della famiglia Stephanides e la voce del suo membro più "particolare", Calliope altrimenti detta "Cal", ci insegna una lezione fondamentale: l'unica via per salvarci è contrapporre ad un sistema che impone uniformità e omologazione, la nostra storia e la nostra irriducibile "specialità".
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  JoeProtagoras | Jan 28, 2021 |
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. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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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.
adicionada por SqueakyChu | 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.
Some of this footloose book is charming. Most of it is middling.
adicionada por Shortride | editarTime, 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.
adicionada por dale-in-queens | editarCnn.com, Lisa Schwarzbaum (Sep 9, 2002)

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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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