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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Fascinating depth of character through the first about 200 pages, and then he stagnates. Maybe the three main characters' catharses are subtle and understated, more generously. The book is very well read, however, and constant allusions and critiques make the reading engaging. Eugenides also dances around the feminist movement in a way that I'm not convinced isn't mysoginist. The author can really fall into his characters; self-involved, privilaged undergraduates in the eighties, in this case. Maybe I've never been a fan of the Victorian marraige novels, even if it is a modern one with a modern ending. Still, his prose is thoughful and well wrought, and he describes modern Greece perfectly in a single paragraph, for which I will always respect him.
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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt Thoughtful review, Mary, and quite well-constructed for a single paragraph. U rite gud.


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