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The main plot is about the student, Madeleine, and her “relationships” with her parents and these 2 love interests, Mitchell and Leonard. He does this with real affection and warmth for his characters, and by the end of the book, tears ensued.
Sep 29, switterbug Betsey rated it liked it. All stuff I enjoyed reading. But the other two seem under-realised. I swear as I was reading one section was super familiar. View all 17 comments.
Eugenides seems to take 9 years to write and publish a novel. Madeleine, the ingenue, is an English major from a prosperous Wasp family with a nice home in the suitably twee-sounding town of Prettybrook, New Jersey.
Madeleine, the main heroine is a snooze. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 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.
Perhaps significantly, the character in this book who understands himself best is the one whose grasp on reality is most tenuous, because he has to work at staying sane. And I finished it, which does say something about its level of engagement. Mitchell is gentle, a deep thinker who finds that religion and theology is where his interest lies. An audience member told him that she didn’t love the protagonist, either, and asked if he did that on purpose.
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But why Barthes chose that story for his criticism totally escaped eugwnides at the time, and I can only surmise now what his intentions were. Each seemed deeply flawed, and they are.
At times, I couldn’t believe that this was nine years in the making I loved how JE wrote a novel of ideas and yet imbued it with such heart. Then she falls for Leonard who is brilliant, witty, a science major struggling to make ends meet.
Right on the money, if you ask me. He also explores the conundrum his female protagonist, Madeleine, faces in trying to reconcile feminism with her taste for Victorian love and literature, and her dependent tethering to a man– her object of desire, Leonard. 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.
It lacks all the virtues of the Victorian novel breadth, plot, intelligent approach to social issues, strong and individual narrative voice. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a 5 star review, but I did find it extremely well crafted and written, and the problems I have with it are more those that raise questions than just this-or-that was done poorly. Brilliant, witty, and moving, all in one.
What is the marriage plot and why does it have such a tiny relevance in today’s modern society?
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Things happen or they don’t. Trivia About The Marriage Plot. I read A LOT. What went wrong Eugenides? Yes, this Madelinethe little convent schoolgirl from Paris.
But Mitchell has the terrible distinction of being “the nice guy” of the story. It’s the early s – the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. Mitchell loves Madeleine and Madeleine loves Leonard – a conundrum especially since Leonard suits Madeleine in certain ways and Mitchell suits her in others.
The intensity in Leonard’s voice was, at times, almost hard to read; but I think it was the best part of the book, though perhaps not as essential to its theme. View all 5 comments.
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. Ultimately, this is euyenides novel about perception, what we make of reality as it is happening to us, and our inability to make meaning of events in time to control their outcome.
This book is so much better and so much bigger than this summary–it’s a story of trying to grow up but not necessarily succeedingof academia, of inequality between the sexes, of eugeides and gender stratification, of the absurdities of literary theory in the face of literary substance, of the rise of greed in that decade, and so much more. Although the five blonde virgin girls were archetypal, he bent the very signifier of eugeniides with great irony and paradox.