Originally published 2015-03-21: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides TBR Pile Challenge Review 5
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides was an astonishing, gripping piece of literature that I found difficult to put down. This story of one Greek-American family’s trials, love affairs, and tragedies is well told in the mesmerizing voice of the narrator, Cal, who I felt an affinity with almost immediately.
The storyline of this book is fluid, often going back generations, forward, then skipping a part here or there only to circle back around to it later. I don’t normally like this kind of time warp, but for the story of Calliope Stephanides and the twisted confusion of her family tree, it works.
Some of the characters, like Cal/Callie, I liked immediately. Others I loved to hate almost as much. There were a few lulls in the book, but the overall mystery, whose answer was alluded to and danced around for chapters at a time, kept me going. I’m glad I was able to read and finish this book. It’s a story that will stick with me for a long time.
I give it five of five stars. A must-read for anyone with an open mind and a taste for the exotic.
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