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The use of classic literature that has “marriage plot” women chasing men to get married especially during the Victorian era. I looked forward to how Eugenides is going to use this sort of plot in a modern setting and how he is going to resolve it.

Instead, we get a manic-depressive, a wannabe Christian and an English marrage.

Something was going to happen to them in a place resembling the world. Certain aspects of the novel are autobiographical. I really love and admire The V This was the first book that I read in my first house Eugwnides bought late last year. Eugenides is the most unpretentious of the modern masters: Eugnides New York Times. Aside from the plot, Eugenides goes off on tangents about the history of English literature, religious scholarship, molecular behavior of yeast, semiotics, and more.

You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts.

However, this is not a cold novel of ideas; au contraire, JE creates a moving love triangle formed by three smart, lively somethings as they navigate the post-college recession and discover the “real world” with its subsequent heartbreaks, contingencies, and surprises. I think he captures that well, and euugenides be quite eloquent about it.

View all 22 comments. He is obviously extremely intelligent and knowledgeable, but he’s being very loud about it here. And really, why read fiction if not to read a good story? Order by newest oldest recommendations. Aug 13, dave rated it liked it. I love Jeffrey Eugenides. I was smitten by Eugenidies prose from the first page and missed the characters and the story long after I finished the novel.

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The novel was well received by many critics, and it was featured on some year-end best of lists. Let’s just say the writing has a certain over-wrought feel to it.

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Will the long-suffering Mitchell, trying out various forms of religion and do-gooding including a stint with Mother Teresa in India while he endures his rejection, begin to look more tempting when Leonard goes off his meds and starts cracking up? I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. We’re given plenty of interesting specialist information about their more arcane pursuits: I’m annoyed by the characters so far. The first part of the book shoves Semiotics into your brain and reads like the most terrible and awkwardly pretentious college courses that no one should ever have to suffer.

I only finished a quarter of this book before I had to return it to the library express check-out. Around the Year i Madeleine felt safe with a nineteenth mariage novel. For example, I initially found Madeline to be fairly thinly rendered in comparison to the more fully fleshed out intellectual and emotional lives of her male counterparts, but by the end I thought that might be part of the point ie. JE’s prose is compulsively readable and his characters are well-developed and interesting, especially when he’s inside Leonard’s head.

Eugenides wants to know whether the marriage plot is dead as a meaningful literary form, now that marriage seems hardly worthy as the ultimate goal of youthful aspirations. Part of the issue was the characters were just “so so” for me. At first I wasn’t drawn to any of the three characters in the love mxrriage – Madeleine, Leonard, and Mitchell.


The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – review

What makes them great, surely, isn’t just that marriage back then was a much higher-stakes game than it is now, but that their heroines are explored at such astounding emotional and moral depth, and articulated with such wit and precision, that just about anything that happens to them becomes rivetingly consequential.

There were going to be people in it. Overall, I can’t help but feel this is something only an English major could love. Most of it just comes off as pompous. I mean at one eugenifes a character just plor “Finnegans Wake” out of their pocket, I mean seriously.

However, Definitely inferior to his two earlier bestsellers, The Virgin Suicides 4 stars and Middlesex 3 stars but I still liked this. Eugenides and his work from now on. That said, the story is about the relationship between Mitchell who loves Madeleine who loves Leonard.

Well, I for one think it’s euhenides. I write A LOT. This time around, leaving behind those manic depressive plo and poignant hermaphrodites of yesteryear, Eugenides manages to find the poetry in the minutiae which writers like Dave Eggers or Jonathan Franzen could only dream about.

And I finished it, which does say something about its level of engagement. I’m convinced this is what happens if you combine a Whit Stillman script, Franny and Zooey, and a whole lot of beige. But the other two dugenides under-realised.