Middlesex



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Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and short story writer of Greek and Irish extraction.Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan, of Greek and Irish descent He attended Grosse Pointe s private University Liggett School He took his undergraduate degree at Brown University, graduating in 1983 He later earned an M.A in Creative Writing from Stanford University.In

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  • Hardcover
  • 777 pages
  • Middlesex
  • Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Finnish
  • 15 January 2018
  • 9789511185161

10 thoughts on “Middlesex

  1. says:

    I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM, exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn t keep me from this night s rest, I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench, or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I surveyed the apartment and discovered the source the commode and the area around it were covered in yuck I dialed up the landlord The exchange went something like this There s shit on my floor Why mince words What do you want me to do about it I want you to fix my toilet, so there won t be shit on my floor Have you tried a plunger What do you think And that didn t work After 20 minutes of this verbal badminton, I realized the man wasn t going to get out of bed without a signed act of congress He told me there was an all night Denny s down the street should I need a toilet during the night So it was that at 2 AM, after multiple rounds of cleaning and yakking, I found myself seated in the kitchen on a kibble filled bucket, a can of beer in one hand and Middlesex in the other There was a place halfway between consciousness and unconsciousness where Tessie did her best thinking I d had two weeks to kill awaiting the arrival of all my worldly possessions Plenty of time to determine that the kibble bucket was ergonomically preferable to the flo...

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    Don t judge a book by its cover.I d seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers, so I decided to pick it up The title, Middlesex , suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship, and a quote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty, part Ishmael So I came to the foolish conclusion that this was some 19th century English seafaring novel Typical I couldn t have been wrong.Middlesex is the story of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but discovered in her adolescence that she is actually Cal than Calliope More specifically, Middlesex the title takes on a new meaning now is the story of three generations of a Greek family and the incestuous genetic and social history that enables the existence of Cal, who narrates the story.The novel is epic It spans nearly a century and traces the Stephanides family from battle torn Greece and Turkey in the 1920s, across an Atlantic voyage, from the street corners of Detroit, through World...

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    I was born twice first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960 and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974 I d heard Middlesex was about a character who was born intersex and raised as a girl a compelling enough premise on its own but I didn t realize this book was a rich, complex family drama, spanning multiple generations and featuring heavy subjects like incest, immigration, family secrets and twentieth century America.It seems some readers were disappointed about this and wanted from our protagonist and narrator, but I honestly love these kind of stories So many characters came in and out of this novel, and were in turns likeable, deserving of sympathy, annoying and downright insufferable but kind of in a good way I love it when authors create such well drawn individuals who feel so completely real and alive it makes me far invested in their stories.And there is so much going on here We are taken on a journey of familial and genetic history, from a small Greek village to Detroit prohibition, race riots and many cultural changes to suburban Michigan Eugenides allows Cal to explore his identity and come to terms with who he is by taking his story way back to the beginning Back before he questioned his gender back before he was even conceived.I actually quite liked the idea that a person has been years in the making long before they re born...

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    Alright, it s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece.Being a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist, whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science , I find the premise of this novel to be incredibly interesting.5 Reductase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder autosomal meaning that the gene coding for 5 Reductase is not located on a sex chromosome X or Y , and recessive meaning that one would need two copies of a mutated form of the gene in order to express the disease trait Since we as a biological species inherit one copy of every gene from each of our parents, it would not be enough to have only one mutated form of this gene because a single good copy is all that s required for proper function Because of this, the proper functioning gene is considered to be completely dominant over the mutated form in terms of phenotypic expression.Here is a Punnett square showing basic concepts of Mendelian genetics Each form of the gene is called an allele B represents the dominant allele, or the healthy gene form b represents the recessive allele If both parents are phenotypically normal, the only way they would be able to have any offspring with this disease is if...

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    This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it An interesting idea, and a few engrossing sex scenes I like the crocus and the peep tank, and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me in completely , and a nice two pages toward the end when Julie accepts Cal for what he is But the prose was awful frequent maneuvers like And me That s simple I was are really unacceptable And Sing, Muse, of Greek ladies and their battle against unsightly hair is about as funny as poop Except for the incest, the long family history plot was like a mashup of immigrant dramas from cable TV Greek family barely escapes home country to make it to the United States, where they wander through 20th century history in a dull procession of unmotivated Gumpy forays into Wikipedia that have no effect whatsoever on their character development Now we ll shove these characters through Prohibition mass production the Detroit race riots The partition of Cyprus San Francisco hippies the tragedy of Michael Dukakis s helmet moment and the founding of the Nation of Islam The incest part of the story was good in the beginning the early love scenes between the grandparents are wonderful and then impressively tedious Desdemona feels guilt and then she feels guilt again The metaphors are embarassingly bad Cal lives on a street named Middlesex...

  6. says:

    Exactly the flawless masterpiece you ve heard it is I ve read hundreds of novels in my day, this is in the top 3 On equal shelf with A Confederacy of Dunces and Blonde My own personal trifecta perfecta The THE the best novels of ALL TIME I will never stop lauding this book Unbelievable, mythic the stuff from the Gods to anyone with an eye brain to receive from the way up up up heights.This is LIFE AFFIRMING literature that s meant to be treasured for th...

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    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of Calliope Cal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first, as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cin matographique narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his complex incestuous family history from the origins of her grandparents as Greeks fleeing Smyrna as the Turks invade to Detroit from the 20s up to the 70s The narrative time shifts between his life as a 41 year old man Cal to this running family history written in a witty, humorous style which I found fun and engaging The text ingeniously woven together from history and science with many recurrent themes silkworms, Greek orthodox beliefs and practices, guilt and redemption, etc I couldn t put this book down This is the only Eugenides book I have read but it will definitely check out his other books.An interesting sidenote trying to explain the book daddy is reading to my 7yo daughter and my 10yo son, I was able to painlessly explain why brothers and sisters cannot get married a very common kid s question ...

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    This isn t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I would recommend it Now onwards to my shame.So Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides Please understand it was a really long line after a similarly long day at work We passed the time chitchatting about this and that at our workplace and life in general By the time the organizer offered post its to our segment of the line, we were getting silly and joked about all the crazy names and titles you could request Instead of sticking to your name, you could put down Boo Bear or Sunshine Sally Just imagine you could have an autographed book with some outrageous inscription like To the best unicorn, Jeffrey Eugenides Throughout the course of the night, I had been trying to persuade Brooke to visit a bookstore I thought she would enjoy She was reluctant for unknown reasons Under the influence of a bizarre mixture of exasperation, exhaustion, and silliness, I proposed a bet I had already written my plain ole name on the post it If she promised to accompany me to an event at the bookstore, I would add baby under my name She quickly agreed.As we waited thereafter, I began to second guess the ...

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    This is a book about transition.Transition from child to adult to parent and grandparent.From native to immigrant.From brother and sister to husband and wife.From rural dweller to urbanite.From modest affluence to poverty and up again.From loving language to losing the power of speech.From geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrest.From belief to unbelief.From rescued to rescuer.From moral probity to corruption and crime.Oh, and one character transitions from female to male.The last of those is the book s USP, but don t let that fool you it s no limited to those with niche interests in intersex conditions than it s limited to those of Greek heritage It is an unusual story, but with universal themes, told by a wonderfully engaging, lyrical, narrator.Few of us fit neatly into binary categories We all go through many transitions in our lives the final one is only another kind of emigration This book speaks to everyone, not just those like Cal s family who have always had a knack for self transformation.PlotThe family originally raised silkworms, so m...

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    Some people inherit houses others paintings or highly insured violin bows Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name I got a recessive gene on my fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeed Let me say first that Jeffrey Eugenides is an extraordinary storyteller Why I ve waited so long to read one of his books is beyond me Middlesex is an epic multi generational saga of a Greek family with one of the most engaging narrative voices I ve come across in quite some time It s also the story of said narrator, Cal, and what might be considered a rather unconventional topic that of hermaphroditism I was born twice first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960 and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974 I have to admit that I picked this book up ages ago and set it aside At the time I thought there was no way I could establish any kind of connection to the main character given the fact I had never had any kind of exposure to persons with this condition There is an incestuous element that made me run the other direction as well Now of course I ve matured a bit since that time and realize that there are a myriad of ways to connect to any human being The skillfu...

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