Thursday, April 30, 2009

just finished reading

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. My review here. Anyone else read it? Any thoughts?

7 comments:

Kirstin Cronn-Mills said...

I was sad that Eugenides rushed the story of Cal's life after he's decided to live as a guy. We have 300 (I think, maybe more) beautiful pages, then everything is hurry-up-and-get-it-done. I was disappointed.

It's been a while since I've read it, but that feeling of "oh man, is that all you say about him?" is still with me.

moonrat said...

Kirstin--I agree with you. I wish everyone else had been developed in as much slow and careful detail as Lefty and Desdemona. I wished there was MORE.

ThePurpleOwl said...

One of my all-time favourite books. I agree, though ... more!

Eimear said...

Love this book but have to agree with you - less Lefty/Desdemona, more Cal. Would've liked more scenes with Cal's love interest (remember that poignant moment where she asks him if he's gay?). Loved the ending, though, with Desdemona and Cal interacting for the first time.

Wylie Kinson said...

Gosh, I read this book so long ago that the details are fuzzy, but... I tend to judge a book by how long the characters stay with me and seem to remember Desdemona, Cal and Lefty taking space in my brain for weeks. I couldn't pick up another book for fear they'd disappear. Alas, they eventually did, but Middlesex established a firm spot on my 'Top Ten Best Books EVER'.

jalexissmith said...

I read it.

Bunny Hills said...

Such a great book! A book that I sent to friends. Sometimes you just know it about a book--when an excerpt of it came out in the New Yorker I just knew it. Was not disappointed when it arrived. Isn't it a complement that you wanted more? Is a book ever perfect? I want to get lost in a book and this one took me all the way there.