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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Mar 27, 2012

it was amazing
Read from March 12 to 28, 2012

I can't remember a more compelling narrator in recent memory, much less in an American novel, which seem to lean more towards farce in their attempt to paint the daily life of American living in some sort of tragi-comedy (re: Franzen). There was such humanity and normalcy in the voice of Calliope. This book could have been one of those novels which just screamed "THIS IS ALL SO QUIRKY AND CRAZY!!!"; but it wasn't. The pacing was brilliant, the stories all scaffolded for an amazing ending, and in the end Calliope was simply just someone you'd want to meet and hang out with. Just brilliant. I haven't liked a novel like this in a long time. (And I had just finished "Cutting For Stone", which was like being hit over the head with dead people one after the other. So it was nice to read a novel that was a little more subtle.)
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message 1: by Leeanne (new)

Leeanne Haworth I felt the same way about Franzen. Did not like Freedom. I'll have to give this book a try based on your recommendation.

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