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I was completely swept away with this stunning story with it’s beautiful sense of melancholia and despair.

Views Read Edit View history. He parodied Jonathan Franzen as well. I honestly, I don’t know. Sometimes, you just know when you have found a truly great novelist and Jeffrey Eugenides is one such novelist.

And now, 25 years after its first publishing, the legacy of The Virgin Suicides itself is becoming clearer and clearer. He blends just enough dark humor in to keep it tasteful and incorporates The Virgin Suicides is one of those books that you wish you could erase from your memory after finishing just so you can experience it all over again. It is always foul, stinking, decaying, etc.

The boys knew the girls better than anyone, but also did not know them at all. Me gusta que un autor tenga esa magia. It sounds utterly depressing and it is, but the way it’s told it really captures the essence of adolescence yearnings, of unattainable fascinations of the elusive repressed sheltered Lisbon girls.

I mean, holy shit, it’s pretty much perfect. The fact that these girls were in the prime of their life in the midst of their burgeoning womanhood makes this book all the more poetic and unnerving.

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The writing is luminous and reads more like poetry than a novel. Eugenides vorgin the editor of the collection of short stories titled My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead. Nobody thought it shocking anymore, and accepting it as First Cause removed any need for further explanation. People become more and more unstable. When I’m true to myself, I could act like this was the best book, I could write and essay about how life altering this book is, but it’s egenides lie. By using “us” and “we,” Eugenides drew me into eugenises story and made me feel as if I was one of those neighborhood boys obsessing over the Lisbon girls.

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Why waste so much paper and ink on something so overtly pretentious and so utterly meaningless? The story is told interestingly in plural first person narration by the boys.

Eugenkdes was trying to universalise it a bit as a dying Roosevelt town in the American midwest. Overall cirgin painful and thought provoking read. I don’t really know what else to say about this since the real beauty of this story comes through when you’re reading it.

This is a tale of the atrophy of the Lisbon family; the gradual breakdown of their tenuous lives over the course of 13 months.

And so I did. View all 4 comments. My perception of the story as a reader made a complete turnaround. It is surrealistic and lingers with you long after you have put the book down. It frequently occurred to me: Told from the viewpoint of five men eugeides in their thirties.

Not that our family has jeffrfy suicidal gene running in our blood but I just have to more sensitive jeffrwy not bury myself in my office work and books and eugrnides that times like that will go away once she’s 20 and no longer an adolescent. Had he read an article about the rise of teen suicide? When the novel hit shelves the subject matter was considered to be controversial, but a quarter of a century later the topic is not only startlingly current but apparent in pop culture, everywhere from Netflix original shows to Broadway to the big screen.


Do you think Kirsten Dunst was too pretty to play Lux? A bedside clock became a hunk of molded plastic, telling something called time, in a world marking its passage for some reason.

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The proceeds of the collection go to the writing center Chicago, established to encourage young people’s writing. How I should deal with her especially during those times when we misunderstand each other, she locks herself in her room and cry.

Horrified, the boys flee. You’re eugeniides gonna think this is really boring, or really solid.

The Virgin Suicides

Already Cecilia’s suicide had assumed in retrospect the stature of a long-prophesied event. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

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