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The Marriage Plot
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January 1, 2012
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January 31, 2012
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Julie's choice

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Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was an interesting book, but not because it was about a marriage plot. The marriage plot theory was rather peripheral to the story. Sure, Madeiline is studying this concept and writing her papers about it, but as far as the actual story goes I didn't really see it. The story is about three characters stuck in a love triangle: Madeiline, Leonard and Mitchell. This sounds boring and overdone, but Eugenides made it interesting.

The story is supposed to be about a marriage plot, but it
Alice Bola
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
One of the many reasons I like challenges is it brings me out of my reading comfort zone. I wouldn’t have picked this novel in a million years. I can’t remember the last time I read a novel in the literary fiction category. After reading this one, I know why.

Two things trouble me about literary fiction. The first is the use of ten-dollar words when nickel words work just fine. The second is using 100 words for something that could be said in five. This book is all about the big descriptions. Mr
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
One of the marvelous things about our reading challenge is that it gets each of us to step outside our genre comfort zone. That being said, this book is not of a genre I particularly enjoy. I wouldn't say I had low expectations for this book, I was actually quite hopeful... I'm really looking forward to reading Alice's and Julie's reviews, because maybe they can point out something I missed, because I don't get it.

Seriously? That's it?!? I feel like I just sat through Remains of the Day again. I
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The only beef I have with this book is that every time got interested in a character's narrative, the author would switch perspective. I consider this a sign of a good story-teller though so I forgive the irritation.
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