24 October 2007

Middlesex - Jeffery Eugenides

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As I will be divulging my postulations on this novel at book club, I don't want to give away too many thoughts online, for fear of reprisal from my fellow "clubers." Suffice to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I now present to you, a rough algorithm for your decision to read this book (sorry I don't have the tools to draw lozenges, boxes and triangles). A "yes" signifies that you should read the book; a "no" means you should continue with the algorithm, or simply not read the book.

1. You like to read fiction - should you answer No here, the algorithm is done, and you are voted off literary island along with that guy who wrote Celestine Prophecy.

2. You are a hermaphrodite, tranny or other form of sexually confused "entity" - immediately go to Yes and read this book. If no, proceed with algorithm anyway.

3. You are Greek, Turkish, or Cypriot - not an immediate reason to read the book, but your preference for olives will directly correlate to a yes answer.

4. You are reading all the Pulitzer Prize winners - immediately go to Yes. If no, you are a normal human being and its ok, continue with algorithm.

5. You are reading all the Oprah book club books - although you should probably invest in your own brain, Oprah seems to be getting you through life anyway; immediately go to Yes. If you have thought patterns of your own, welcome to the Montel Williams book club, a somewhat less iconic black talk show host, but the best place to go for a paternity test (or maybe's its the Maury show, isn't he white.....I digress).

6. You don't mind reading over 500 pages - if you are dead set against reading "long" novels, than I guess you'll never get to enjoy most of literature. So, if you answer yes, proceed; if its a No, this is the end of the line.

7. You grew up in Detroit - then congratulations on living pass the age of 3 and not being shot. You may want to take some time recovering from your stay in the meth-clinic, but while you are at it, you may enjoy this novel set mostly in your home "town".

8. You enjoy good prose; have a sense for historical fiction; are a troubled teenager; want to learn more about trannies, hermaphrodites, Epstein-Barr syndrome; you are a geneticist; you have a desire to learn about Greco-Roman contributions in America, other than Ruland Gardner; for any or all of these reasons, you would say YES to Middlesex.

Breasts have the same effect on me as on anyone with my testosterone level.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I loved the family history that Eugenides gives you. I enjoyed following the family through to the birth of the principle character and then continued on to her/his journey - it was not how I thought the book would be written but was a nice surprise.