[free read online] Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides



10 thoughts on “Middlesex

  1. says:

    I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn’t keep me from this night’s rest I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench or a spoiled food

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    Don't judge a book by its coverI'd seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers so I decided to pick it up The title Middlesex suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship and a uote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty part Ishmael So I came to the fool

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    “I was born twice first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey Michigan in August of 1974” I'd heard Middlesex was about a character who was born intersex and raised as a girl a compelling enough premise on its own but I didn't re

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    Alright it’s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpieceBeing a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I’ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real

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    This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it An interesting idea and a few engrossing sex scenes I like the crocus and the peep tank and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me in completely and a n

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    Exactly the flawless masterpiece you've heard it is I've read hundreds of novels in my day this is in the top 3 On eual shelf with A

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    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subj

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    This isn’t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I would recommend it Now onwards to my shameSo Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides P

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    This is a book about transitionTransition from child to adult to parent and grandparentFrom native to immigrantFrom brother and sister to husband and wifeFrom rural dweller to urbaniteFrom modest affluence to poverty and up againFrom loving language to losing the power of speechFrom geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrestFrom belief to unbeliefFrom rescued to rescuerFrom moral probity to corruption and cr

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    Some people inherit houses; others paintings or highly insured violin bows Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name I got a recessive gene on my fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeedLet me say first that Jeffrey Eugenides is an extraordinary storyteller Why I’ve waited so long to read one of his boo

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Ily secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction Lyrical and thrilling Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American ep. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cin matographiue narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his complex incestuous family history from the origins of her grandparents as Greeks fleeing Smyrna as the Turks invade to Detroit from the 20s up to the 70s The narrative time shifts between his life as a 41 year old man Cal to this running family history written in a witty humorous style which I found fun and engaging The text ingeniously woven together from history and science with many recurrent themes silkworms Greek orthodox beliefs and practices guilt and redemption etc I couldn t put this book down This is the only Eugenides book I have read but it will definitely check out his other booksAn interesting sidenote trying to explain the book daddy is reading to my 7yo daughter and my 10yo son I was able to painlessly explain why brothers and sisters cannot get married a very common kid s uestion and even reproductive functions in a painless and intuitive way since Callie has organs of both sexes but the penis zizi in kid s French is inside her vagina zezette she cannot have babies and will never menstruate clean the house where the baby can live She also has too many male hormones to develop breasts which happens about the same time or just before menstruation This deformation was the improbable result of the union of a brother and sister two generations back Nature wants to ensure a varied gene pool and thus it is better to seek love outside one s own family This explanation seemed to satisfy both of them UPDATE Great recent article at good housekeepingcom

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Middlesex

Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition era Detroit witn. I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn t keep me from this night s rest I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I surveyed the apartment and discovered the source the commode and the area around it were covered in yuck I dialed up the landlord The exchange went something like this There s shit on my floor Why mince words What do you want me to do about it I want you to fix my toilet so there won t be shit on my floor Have you tried a plunger What do you think And that didn t work After 20 minutes of this verbal badminton I realized the man wasn t going to get out of bed without a signed act of congress He told me there was an all night Denny s down the street should I need a toilet during the night So it was that at 2 AM after multiple rounds of cleaning and yakking I found myself seated in the kitchen on a kibble filled bucket a can of beer in one hand and Middlesex in the other There was a place halfway between consciousness and unconsciousness where Tessie did her best thinking I d had two weeks to kill awaiting the arrival of all my worldly possessions Plenty of time to determine that the kibble bucket was ergonomically preferable to the floor or my sleeping bag With my front door situated not five feet from a four lane road and one block from a strip bar whose patrons seemed to enjoy loitering in front of my building the noise was like steel wool on my nerves which were already shot from a marathon cross country drive with three cats a dog and a friend who was hitching a ride to her father s funeral in St Louis all crammed into my car With no job no friends no furniture and now apparently no plumbing this move was beginning to look like a profound error in judgment The story of a 5 Alpha Reductase Pseudohermaphrodite proved a likely escape When you travel like I did vague about destination and with an open ended itinerary a holy seeming openness takes over your character I d only brought one book on my trip west Considerable thought went into the choice it had to be an author with a proven ability to hold my interest It had to be long enough to cover the duration of the journey And it would need to stand up to multiple readings in the event of the delay of the moving truck or my inability to obtain a library card As a creative writing major I d read The Virgin Suicides and marveled at the rotating first person narrative the subtlety of the prose and the fine edge between humor and poignance Middlesex seemed a safe betThe book was my constant companion After a day of fruitless job interviews I could go home to Callie Stephanides and her family safe in the knowledge that there were over 200 pages to go before I d need to find a new distraction But the new distraction had already found me I hadn t written anything longer than a grocery list in 8 years With all the time in the world and a good book as your muse aspirations can get pretty lofty Even back then the Great Books were working on me silently urging me to pursue the most futile human dream of all the dream of writing a book worthy of joining their number I won t say that Middlesex turned me into a writer or anything lofty like that The first time I saw Singin in the Rain I nearly concussed myself trying run up a wall When I reached the last word I closed the book Waited five minutes Began again I was born twice first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960 and then again as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey Michigan in August of 1974

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Essing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe Michigan To understand why Calliope is not like other girls she has to uncover a guilty fam. Exactly the flawless masterpiece you ve heard it is I ve read hundreds of novels in my day this is in the top 3 On eual shelf with A Confederacy of Dunces Blonde My own personal trifecta perfecta The THE the best novels of ALL TIME I will never stop lauding this book Unbelievable mythic the stuff from the Gods to anyone with an eye brain to receive from the way up up up heightsThis is LIFE AFFIRMING literature that s meant to be treasured for the rest of your blessed life The main character will stay with you until the day you die