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Middlesex

Eugenides, Jeffrey (Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.
Authors: Eugenides, Jeffrey
Title: Middlesex
Publisher: New York : Picador, c2002
Characteristics: viii, 529 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jeffrey Eugenides
Notes: "Oprah's book club."
Contents: Silver spoon
Matchmaking
Immodest proposal
Silk road
Henry Ford's
English-language melting pot
Minotaurs
Marriage on ice
Tricknology
Clarinet serenade
News of the world
Ex ovo omnia
Home movies
Opa!
Middlesex
Mediterranean diet
Wolverette
Waxing lyrical
Obscure object
Tiresias in love
Flesh and blood
Gun on the wall
Oracular vulva
Looking myself up in Webster's
Go west, young man
Gender dysphoria in San Francisco
Hermaphroditus
Air-ride
Last stop
Summary: Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.
ISBN: 0312427735
9780312427733
0312422156
9780312422158
Branch Call Number: FICTION EUGENIDES 2002
Subject Headings: Greek Americans Fiction Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Fiction Detroit (Mich.) Fiction Gender identity Fiction Intersexuality Fiction Teenagers Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Greek Americans
Gender identity
Intersexuality
Teenagers
LCCN: 2002019921
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This has it all, a fascinating story, great characters, and very fine writing. Cal, a hermaphrodite, seeks to understand himself and how he came to be by tracing his family history back to Greece.

2002. Eugenides' vivid writing captures the essence of Cal, a hermaphrodite, who sets out to discover himself by tracing the story of his family back to his Greek grandparents.

Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.


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Aug 03, 2013
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an amazing book, totally worth the read. I was so sad that this book ended because I got so enthralled with the characters and the story I just wanted to keep reading. Five stars all the way!

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ambitious, compassionate, heartbreaking and often hilarious, this Greek-American epic follows a family from the burning of Smyrna in 1922 by the Turks to suburban Detroit in the seventies. At its heart, a lovable character christened Calliope is transfigured from girl to boy. Along with his rare genetic make-up—the outcome of history and ancestry—Cal has acquired a prescience that grants him the role of family storyteller.

Jan 15, 2013
  • joanniek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought it was fantastic! I love the voice Eugenides gave to Calliope.

Dec 07, 2012
  • azor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very rewarding. A must read.

An excellent book. As the Ottawa Citizen review indicates a " ... funny, sad, tragic, beautifully rendered..."

Jul 29, 2012
  • skylars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Little hard to get into, but once I did, couldn't put it down. It was a great book. Lots of history and detail of people's lives. Googled the book when I was finished, to answer the most asked question...why did Cal call his brother Chapter Eleven??

Jul 13, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, though certain elements seemed superfluous, most particularly the parts related to the Nation of Islam. Nonetheless, Eugenides is a clever and engaging writer and I look forward to his next project.

Jun 30, 2012
  • ange_f rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Among my favourite books of all time. It took me two tries to get into this book, but once I was I loved the language and the characters. Highly recommended.

Jun 27, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story we haven't seen before, told beautifully, in deceptively simple style. Strongly recommended.

Jun 26, 2012
  • ChrissyK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Finally got around to reading this one. Soooo wonderful! Can't wait to read his latest book.

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Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s. 544p.

Jul 28, 2010
  • westiestimestwo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Pulitzer Prize winner

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Feb 23, 2009
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