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View all 5 comments. I see this as a perfect segue to his masterpiece “Middlesex”.

The obsession the narrator and his friends share for the surviving Lisbon girls only intensifies. What made you want to explore teenage obsession and voyeurism through the male narrators? She told us to come in, we bumped against each other getting through the doorway, and as soon as we set foot on the hooked rug in the foyer we saw that Peter Sissen’s descriptions of the house had been all wrong. All of the daughters are and there teens and live with extremely strict parents.

Anyone else repelled by this book and its almost masturbatory reminiscence of what it felt like to be an American middle class white boy in suburbs in the s, with no first-hand knowledge of girls, lusting and longing for the Lisbon Sisters, without actually being able to see them as people?

Like a hydra, but not monstrous. They felt heavy, slow-witted. Or is he talking about his own penis? I couldn’t wait for these girls to kill themselves just so the book would be over.


I guess it could be read as a satirical response to romanticism. Oh, Jeffrey, I love you. I wish it is that simple.

Do you think Kirsten Eugrnides was too pretty to play Lux? Fatherhood is trial and error and they say that one has to only follow his heart and everything will turn out right in the end.

I assumed that it would affect the moods and disposition of the Lisbon girls as well. Hutch put it, “They made Cecilia out to be the bad guy.

Jeffrey Eugenides’ virgin suicides

Honestly, I thought that a novel so dependent on the male gaze would annoy me in Is it her vagina? These guys are outsiders but manage to tell a raw story about these girls. The title is ambiguous in a way. Lisbon to take Lux to a homecoming dance, on the condition that he finds dates for the other three sisters. But I didn’t get much enjoyment from reading it.

A bedside clock became a hunk of molded plastic, telling something called time, in a world marking its passage for some reason. Oh, Birgin love you, Jeffrey.

There was something missing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I could stick quote after quote of brilliant prose on here. That would be too avant-garde, but closer to the spirit of how I wrote the book.

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The girls actually remain a bit of a mystery to the reader partly because you never actually hear from their viewpoint. Sometimes, you just don’t connect to a book, and I didn’t.


Mary attempted suicide by putting her head in the gas oven, but failed. Cecilia 13Lux 14Bonnie 15Mary 16 and Therese 17 are revealed from afar, either through windows or in corners at school, or from accounts those close to them reveal to the narrator over the years. I had to take some time after reading this and do some deep thinking before I could review. Eugenides is on solid ground with Trip Fontaine, a terrific character who electrifies the book.

The perspective of the narrators, if extrapolated to a larger, cultural scale, is actually something somewhat more insidious.

I initially suicidss this book four stars but no, it deserves a five star rating. By the way, I remembered it wrong: The surrealism kept me very intrigued, and to be honest, the book hits some speed bumps with the other more realistic sections. Cecilia’s death also heightens the air of mystery about the Lisbon sisters to the neighborhood boys, who long for more insight into the girls’ lives.