Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Paperback Book


Rent Middlesex

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

Narrator: Kristoffer Tabori

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Published: Nov 2004

Genre: Fiction - Literary

Retail Price: $49.95

Discs: 17


Cal Stephanides, hermaphrodite, recounts the history of his family, starting in 1922 in Smyrna, from where his grandparents embark for America, moving to Detroit where the family settles, and ending up in San Francisco, where Cal's sexual ambiguity finds its proper home. A New York Times

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BookLender review by Jonathan on 2008-04-22 18:03:58

First of all, I should state that the reader, Kristoffer Tabori, is superb at capturing the European immigrants voice and attitude. His energetic, often humorous, reading made the many hours of listing to this very long book fly by. If there is a primary 'message' that Eugenides wanted to convey about gender it is probably that no amount of socialization being universally treated and accepted as one gender can overcome that person's pre-existing gender identity. This boy who thought he was and had always been treated as a girl was driven to what he believed were Lesbian desires because he could not alter or suppress his underlying gender identity. When you look at this central issue of the book's second half in this way, it seems that Eugenides has set up an elaborate, maybe improbable plot to make a fairly obvious point. But I think the strongest part of this book and the real reason to read it, is the hilarious and touching story of Greek immigrants and their children as*imilating into American society as best they can -- maybe not such an unusual story, but unusually well told in Middlesex.

BookLender review by Betty on 2007-08-09 12:03:30

This is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to! A combination of a fascinating story and a wonderful reader equals storytelling at it's best. This is a story rich with humor and sadness with ordinary heros.