Day 5 #7days7spines
⭐️⭐️💫2.5 /5 stars While there were some nice passages about Cal's culture and family history, I would have given up on this book if it weren't for my book club. There was not enough about Calliope/Cal and too much about family stories and incest.
People were falling in love, getting married, going to drug rehab, learning how to ice skate, getting bifocals, studying for exams, trying on clothes, getting their hair cut, and getting born. And in some of those houses people were getting old and sick and were dying, leaving others to grieve. It was happening all the time, unnoticed, and it was the thing that really mattered.
Trying to get through Middlesex for my local book club this coming week. It reads more like a memoir rather than a fiction tale which keeps throwing me off.
Eugenides spends a lot of time laying the groundwork in this Pulitzer Prize winner. The first half of the audiobook, which is over ten hours, isn‘t all that compelling, but it is necessary to fully understand this family saga that covers 3 generations of a closely knit Greek-American family. The second half is much more engaging. The narrator is above average. Overall rating: 4.30 stars.
One of the best first lines ever! Eugenides captures the complexities of so many social issues, including the personal effects of the #Detroit67 riot. It's worth examining whether naming it Rebellion or Uprising is more useful in understanding its causes. It was, indeed, a long hot summer before my Junior year of High School. 💔 #MittenLitten #TimbitTunes @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen
One of my favourite books is largely set in Detroit (but not just in '67). #Detroit67 #TimbitTunes @Cinfhen
Sorry that I've been a bit absent over the last couple days. I've been really sick, and looking at my phone has made me woozy! I've been trying to at least check out as many #TimbitTunes posts as I can!
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." These words caught my attention and made me buy the book, when I was mindlessly browsing in a bookstore. Until today it remains as one of my fav books of all time. I've never read a book about a hermaphrodite before, so this is a #UniqueRead to me ?⬇️
The best recommendation I can think of for this book is the Facebook post my then-teenaged daughter wrote. If she could admit her mother was right you know this is a book YOU should read too. 😀 #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x
#agameoffavorites All three of these I absolutely love. The tagged book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003.
I found this in the library after not finding ‘The Virgin Suicides‘. I was drawn to the intersex main character, but worried I wouldn‘t finish it by the due date. I finished ahead of schedule! A compelling story of an intersex man‘s journey of identity growing up in middle class Midwest, and the family history that brought them all to that place, with all the good, the bad, and the ugly. The pace felt like a beautiful glissando on a grand piano.
It‘s rare that I read a 500+ page book, but this one kept me guessing and speed reading through every chance I had the last two weeks. I loved it all, but felt it ended a bit too abruptly - I want more young Cal prior to Berlin. Told like a fairy tale, but so much better grounded in reality.
Starting a community library at my office and these are all books culled from my library (duplicates with my husband, books I didn‘t care for but think others might enjoy) and a slew of my favorites from the library bookstore that I got for cheap that I‘ll be starting with to fill the shelves. I‘m hoping it catches on and people take and leave books and maybe even I get some new ones. 🤞🏻 Setting it up next week to kick off the summer at work!
You know those books that you read again and again? This is that book for me. As with his Virgin Suicides debut, Eugenidea crafts characters in Middlesex that are are complex and compelling and pairs it with dramatic plots and intense, well-crafted writing. Middlesex is one part Greek tragedy, one park Shakespearean comedy, and all Detroit authenticity.
So excited! This book has been on my radar for such a long time and now I own the book thanks to the kindness and generosity of @Kaye Thank you so much!
A tough one to review... good writing & later when I switched to narration, good narrator. But despite that I kept putting it down and then not picking it back up for long stretches of time. The family saga, which was supposedly the backdrop of the transmission of a recessive gene through the generations, was itself very interesting...so much so that it overshadowed the main focus of the storyline, Cal, a great deal of the time for me. (Cont...)