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Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Middlesex is the second novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. It is about a teenage girl who suddenly makes a shocking and life changing discovery about herself. Calliope Stephanides, the protagonist of the novel, is a student at a girls’ school at Grosse Pointe. It is here that she discovers that she is indeed very different from the other girls around her. This becomes a turning point in her life. Calliope becomes a myth as well as a real presence. The novel spans across three generations of the family. The narration takes off from the present and then goes back as far as 1922 when the Turks sacked Smyrna, and Calliope’s grandparents were forced to flee. It is an interesting story, which becomes even more gripping with the mode of narration employed by the author. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003.

Jeffrey Eugenides is an American author of mixed Greek and Irish origins. He has written a number of short stories and essays. His first novel The Virgin Suicides gained immense popularity, and with his second novel Middlesex winning the Pulitzer, Eugenides took up a significant position in the sphere of English literature. His third book The Marriage Plot too received appreciation from readers and critics alike.

Specifications of Middlesex (Paperback)

Author Jeffrey Eugenides
Book Details
Publisher Bloomsbury
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9781408825693
ISBN-10 1408825694
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 544 Pages
Weight 369 g
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26 July 12
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My rainbow of consciousness in a jar

The best book, so far I have read this year, the bildungsroman/coming of age, Middlesex is a beautiful saga that brings to the fore, the angst of a teenage girl as she discovers a biological (life changing) secret that lurks within her. This bitter truth leads to her emancipation and final metamorphosis. The novel tells the tale of the Stephanides family through three generations, spanning from a time in Greece to their final exodus, Grosse Pointe, in the United States of America.
The language and style is exquisite.The move of time-frame from the present to the past is well executed,like a chiaroscuro of moving thoughts and realistic imagery.The character delineations are perfect and deeply moving.Eugenides highlights the "nature vs nurture" motif in good doses and brings up the subject of gender issue, treating it with natural understanding and warm handling. Middlesex has its equal dosage of humour that excites and scatters itself through the pages.Clearly, the author has done his homework on all the facts and figures of scientific research when he was writing this...
To sum it up... Middlesex is my "rainbow of consciousness in a jar " as it left me deeply ponderous. Two thumbs up !!

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Amazing writing

when i first picked up this book, i was a little apprehensive, given the strong subject matter, however the book itself never gets too heavy or overwhelming, but glides smoothly through out the story. Also it never gets preachy or too sympathetic, but the reader feels how the characters are being normal in their very own way. Strongly recommended.

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