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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Nov 25, 11


Though much of this book appealed to me, being of the generation that had to suffer through deconstruction as an English major, the big problem with the book is the fact that Madeline is ultimately nothing more than a cipher. I'm not one of those feminists that believes male writers can't create realistic female characters -- it's like what Ian McKellen says about being a gay male actor kissing female actors and playing straight: "it's called acting". But in the long run, her inability to think for herself just made me dislike her, and by extension, all the bits of the novel about her, to a large degree. However, I did like the male characters quite a lot, strongly identified with Mitchell, and found the depictions of depression harrowing and a little too realistic at times.
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