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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Dec 14, 2011

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Wow. After 406 pages, some a bit tedious to get through, the author just dropped me on my head at the end. Ouch. In many ways, this is a marvelous story, and certainly an unconventional version of the title's namesake. The two male characters are honestly painted. Leonard's manic-depressive suffering is so well described that it sometimes hurt to read it. Mitchell's Piscean naivete and unfocused meandering through religion, mysticism, and fantasy of ideal love remind one of his own clouded youth. I found Madeleine's character comparatively more shallow, but perhaps intended that way. As much as I enjoyed the story, I gave it three stars because I found the prose uneven -- at times brilliant, at other times plodding. Would have preferred less exposition and introspection to move the story along.
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Reading Progress

December 14, 2011 – Shelved
December 21, 2011 – Started Reading
December 22, 2011 –
7.0%
December 23, 2011 –
15.0%
December 24, 2011 –
20.0%
December 29, 2011 –
33.0%
December 30, 2011 –
40.0%
January 1, 2012 –
46.0%
January 3, 2012 –
58.0% "Started out kind of slow, but now a real page-turner. I have been Mitchell."
January 6, 2012 –
70.0%
January 12, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Mike Mitchell's meanderings resembled my own journey at that age. Might have liked it better if the referenced documents (Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, especially) were fresher in my memory.


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