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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Oct 23, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2011

Middlesex was a book I had been curious about, but hadn't really made an effort to read.

I finished it in about 24 hours. It is an epic, sprawling book book that recounts a Greek couples immigration to the United States and lives in Detroit, their children, and their grand-children. We are given this story by Cal, as an explanation of why he is a "5-alpha-Reductase Pseudohermaphrodite." Cal was born Calliope and at age 14 discovered that he was actually a Cal. I don't think I'm giving anything away that isn't on the first page.

The story grabbed me, but I would get bored with the narrator would go off in eddies of explanation. He did that when he introduced Dr. Luce, the specialist who diagnoses Cal. He has 2 pages of excerpts from papers he did and stuff like that to explain what this man did and who he was in a broader social content that I just didn't care about. I would have trusted that he was at the forefront of biological gender studies if I had just been told that.

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