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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Apr 29, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: campus-novel
Read from May 01 to 03, 2012

This is a place holder review: this book could have been much better had it not been overtaken by manic depression. Eugenides' narrative is consumed by a condition that flattens the entire experience and makes all of the characters unsympathetic and more than painful to read. This is potentially the point that he was trying to communicate, but if you have to compromise your "Novel" (for this is the book that brought back the Novel with a capital N, according to the promo materials) to make your point, you are rewarded for good intentions but are reprimanded for letting your reader suffer.
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6.0% "Took me 30 pages to find out this was set in the eighties. You know who else was set in the eighties? Reagan."
7.0% "Also most characters introduced so far are gross caricatures."

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