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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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May 01, 12

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Read in May, 2012

If you only read one Jeffrey Eugenides' book . . . make it Middlesex. I fear that Mr. Eugenides suffers from comparisons to his own work. While this book was well-written, it really didn't have the heft of his Pulitzer winning novel. Additionally, setting it in the 80s seemed just a way to make retro references. If the author was attempting to use that historical period for another reason besides allowing one character to work with Mother Theresa, it slipped by me.

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Ashley Yeah, I was expecting The Marriage Plot to change my life, and it didn't.


Melissa Didn't you expect it to have more literary allusions based on reviews? He touched on semiotics and Derida, but even that was brief.


Ashley I did! Like you, I was disappointed that no subject, including the ones you mentioned, was treated with any kind of depth.


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