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The fictional story, which is set in Grosse Pointe, Michigan during the s, centers on suixides lives of five sisters, the Lisbon girls. If contemporary readers approach this 25th anniversary release of Eugenides’ debut novel simply as a teen novel, or a book in which suicide is the primary means of communication, they’re missing the point. It centres around five sisters: But I was surprised to find that this very dependence is what makes the novel hold up so well, 25 years later.
Honestly, every couple of pages I would think to myself “When I don’t even really know what to say. Eugenides tells this story in a clinical way, testifying to events recalled that can never be fixed again even if the chance presented itself. Rock music blared from the tape player; we threw ourselves about in chairs, bodilessly floating to the couch from time to time to dip our heads into the strawberry vat, but the next day we refused to remember that any of this had happened, and even now it’s the first time we’ve spoken of it.
Part of it was set in Berlin, Germany, where Eugenides lived from tobut it was chiefly concerned with the Greek-American immigrant experience in the United States, against the rise and fall of Detroit.
The reader recognizes this by the end, even if the narrators cannot and do virginn. The writing is luminous and reads more like poetry than a novel. The girls are front and center in this narrative, Eugenides’ work is a perfectly balanced evocation of how unfulfilled longing and the toxic siren call of applying a permanent solution to a temporary condition is not gender exclusive. It just wasn’t my book.
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His novel, The Virgin Suicides, gained mainstream interest with the film adaptation directed jefffrey Sofia Coppola. With the Lisbon girls, the gun was loaded.
Some are vain, some are haughty, some are intellectual, some are gentle. Published inhis debut is a literary narcotic that may thrill or disinterest readers based on their level of dependency to words. Although the reader is viewing them from the outside, it is still very much the girls’ story — it’s just that they are not the ones telling it. Anyone else repelled by this book and its almost masturbatory reminiscence of what it euyenides like to be an American middle class white boy in suburbs in the s, with no first-hand knowledge of girls, lusting and longing for the Lisbon Sisters, without actually being able to see them as people?
They meet Lux, who is alone. I found it to be a mindless drug that took me into a world where electrifying imagination and intoxicating prose mingle with some of the most obnoxious and far-fetched melodrama I’ve encountered in a book.
The Lisbons are a Protestant family living in the suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan during the s. As per usual, I did not read the blurb before starting the book and so I had assumed that it’d be about a suicide pact, perhaps one started by a group of friends at school.
Their hope in cracking the mysteries of the Lisbon girls comes in Trip Fontaine, an unlikely Lothario lusted after by girls who eagerly come over to help him cram for exams and their mothers, who shamelessly offer Trip baked goods. She told us to come in, we bumped against each other getting through the doorway, and as soon as we set foot on the hooked rug in the foyer we saw that Peter Sissen’s descriptions of the house had been all wrong.
Eugenides is the editor of the collection of short stories titled My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead. The narrator tries to convince himself that they’re not “…five replicas with the same blond hair and puffy cheeks…” They are mysteries, plain and simple.
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It begins with the suicide of the youngest girl; the precursor to the preoccupation the boys have with the Lisbon sisters. And if any of this is supposed to be at all romantic, I just found it downright weird. I let out an audible sigh of relief when I finished this last night.
All very complex and interesting.