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Eugenides weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative spanning 80 years of a stained family history, from a fateful incestuous union in a small town in early 1920s Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit; from the early days of Ford Motors to the heated 1967 race riots; from the tony suburbs of Grosse Pointe and a confusing, aching adolescent love story to modern-day Berlin. Eugenides's command of the narrative is astonishing. He balances Cal/Callie's shifting voices convincingly, spinning this strange and often unsettling story with intelligence, insight, and generous amounts of humor:
Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." ... I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever.
When you get to the end of this splendorous book, when you suddenly realize that after hundreds of pages you have only a few more left to turn over, you'll experience a quick pang of regret knowing that your time with Cal is coming to a close, and you may even resist finishing it--putting it aside for an hour or two, or maybe overnight--just so that this wondrous, magical novel might never end. --Brad Thomas Parsons --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Loved this book and bought it for a friend having read it myself when it first came out. Amazing narrative including historic facts and unforgettable characters.Published 7 months ago by colin J.
"Some people inherit houses; others paintings or highly insured violin bows. Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name. Read morePublished 13 months ago by little lady blue
5/5 book was used but it was like it came brand new! good condition better then what i had expected, order on time, everything is good ty.Published 17 months ago by Bryan
The book was in great shape and came quick. The only thing is I really just couldn't get into the book and quit about halfway through.Published 20 months ago by elliemae79
The language is somewhat difficult, but it gets clear and interesting as the story goes on (I'm sure you'll understand). I like multi-theme books like this. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wil
Was really looking forward to this read picked by a member of my bookclub. The subject matter really intrigued me and I had also not read any of Eugenide's work. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2012 by Gail Cumberbatch