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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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May 21, 12

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Read in May, 2012

A trio of college students ruminate on the meaning of life, love and literature. For a book with the word plot in the title, The Marriage Plot is light on plot. The story meanders and you get the feeling that Eugenides didn't know quite where he was going. That said, the writing is excellent. There's scarcely a false note in the entire book, and the characters are vivid and always believable. The author has a talent for creating characters that are amusingly obnoxious but never entirely unsympathetic. His sketches of semiotics students and college feminists are hilarious. Just as academics and pretentious college students are likely to alienate people in real life, this book's abundance of literary references might make it somewhat obtuse for the non-pretentious reader. Sadly, that's not me.
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