I was given this book by a friend; a sort of house warming/sorry you’re feeling homesick kind of present. It’s not easy to buy someone a book, and we haven’t known each other long, but we bonded over our very similar reading tastes.
Here’s my Goodreads review:
This was a bit of a slow burner. I read the first half slowly, over several months, but the second half I read in a matter of days. And that’s not to say the first half was boring. When I was reading, I read hungrily, in big chunks, but when I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t desperate to get back to it. I didn’t crave reading time.
Middlesex’s unusual hero, Cal, has a strong and compelling voice, which lent itself far better to telling his own story, rather than that of his parents and grandparents. The pace picks up as the story gets to Cal’s life, and it doesn’t suffer the slight disconnection of the point of view character talking about other people.
I’ve previously read The Virgin Suicides, and, once again, Jeffrey Eugenides manages to capture the emotions and psyche of the teenage years with painful accuracy. While most of us do our best to forget that episode of our lives, Eugenides recreates it with a commonality and recognition that allows you to live a character’s coming of age as if it were your own. However unusual it may be.
I asked her why she had chosen this book to send me, and she said “Not so much the subject matter of this one but I loved the epicness of the whole saga and the journey of the family. Just from a creative writing point as well I think his prose is to die for. One of those books I finished and thought I need someone else to read this.”
I love those kind of books. My most recommended/lent out book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. My copy is dog-eared from the number of times it’s been read.
What book do you always recommend to people?