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This book succeeds because it takes the structure and theme of a nineteenth century novel and turns them upside down.

Eugenides gives her a pretty extensive biography, and an intermittent ambition to go to grad school and write for literary reviews, but other than that, she seems to be merely a flimsy foil for her suitors. The eugehides parts of the book were the academic digressions. I didn’t get that with this book.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – review

I don’t mean that euvenides all unpleasant, because I love novels in which all the characters are unpleasant. The marriave plot is about the student, Madeleine, and her “relationships” with her parents and these 2 love interests, Mitchell and Leonard. I hesitate to compare it to Middlesex which I really enjoyed, especially because it took me out of my comfort zone as it explored a somewhat socially-taboo topic I really knew nothing about.

Because of the lofty standards the author’s previous works set for me perhaps it is inevitable, despite the trademark humor and intelligence evident in this novel too, that this one couldn’t live up to the others. Dec tthe, K. However, somethings in here reminded me of his early works like the controlling parents similar to Virgin and the medical case of Leonard Bankhead can be as interesting as that of Cal’s case the hermaphrodite in Middlesex.


They would be no less interesting to ppot, I suspect, if the options of divorce and prenups were available to them. The narrative and plot reduce romance to the banal, and to Jodi Picoult territory, but from a misogynistic window however shrewdly disguised.

Fielding was dubbed “Eugenides-lite” and I certainly agree with that assessment as Eugenides is a master class vs. It’s basically an intellectualized, sort of depressing rom-com, if that even makes any sense.

From then on, she sticks to marrjage boyfriend no matter what other people, including her parents, say. Except you read along and find that Eugenides thinks we all are, just as deeply in our unique ways, and are none the lesser for it. Even though I realized what he was doing, breaking those rules, I still couldn’t like it.

I felt I’d read them before. The characters meet in a semiotics class at Brown, and the author gives a lot of detail about the subject and its impact on their personal thoughts.

You can read why I came to this decision here. Madeleine discovers Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourseand her growing infatuation with Leonard is punctuated by apposite quotations from this famous deconstruction of yearning, while the novel itself squares up to the classics of marital fiction, notably Emma and The Portrait of a Lady.

Aug 23, B the BookAddict rated it really liked it Shelves: So, how was it? Too hot sex scenes. I love Jeffrey Eugenides. Mitchell Grammaticus — a softly spoken and thoughtful religious scholar from a Greek-American family. Will she stay the course? She falls hard for Leonard id and enters into a permanent relationship with him despite strong objections from her WASP parents and a nagging doubt about his sanity.

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And another thing about ego: But even so, it was pretty good, being written by Pulitzer Prize winning Jeffrey Eugenides, after all. He assured her that he liked Madeleine just fine and then the audience girl seemed embarrassed and apologetic.


The other missing piece, more important perhaps, is the kind of action that gives dramatic reality to the complexities of a character’s inner life.

That said, the story is about the relationship between Mitchell who loves Madeleine who loves Leonard. Berkeley in the 70’sI believed that line too much even back in I loved Middlesex for its ‘epic’ storytelling, its characters and a lyrical flight of fancy near the end that I think I’ll never forget.

I just can’t quite believe that the author who managed to make stories of 5 suicidal girls and a Greek hermaphrodite so compelling, could come up with something like The Marriage Plot and think it a worthy tale to tell.

The marriage plot, you see, is the genre form of which that work is representative.

Madeleine is waiting for acceptance into Yale etc, Leonard for a fellowship and Mitchell has work with martiage professor in India lined up.

Not badly written at all, but nothing incredible either. He is this good! I like how he writes about being in your early twenties, just out of college with your whole life stretching ahead of you. Something was going to happen to them in a place resembling the world.