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Want to Read saving…. The boys decide to call the Lisbon girls and communicate by playing records over the telephone for the girls to share and express their feelings. He’s one hell of a writer, and jsffrey seems to capture the decline of American society without judgement, rant or sociological nudge. The book is told all through second-hand accounts. The movie even more so.

Ueffrey 19, Daniella rated it really liked it Shelves: Gracias por el dato, fellas. December 27, by Tori Telfer. But the terrible thing is that I lost my vest!

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. We don’t even know exactly who the narrators are–it is narrated in first person plural and the name and even number of narrators is left vague. Honestly, every couple of pages I would think to myself “When Jeffrey Eugenides thought to himself that he should write this from the outside view he had one of the best epiphanies ever.

The father, Ronald, is a math teacher at the local high school. The novel closes with the men confessing that they had loved the girls, but that they will never know the motives behind the suicides.

At any rate, the memory of that night was superseded by that of Lux’s being hoisted into the EMS truck, because, despite discrepancies of times and space, it was Lux’s lips we tasted, not Clabault’s. I feel like I need to read it again to pick up on so many elements I may have overlooked or not fully appreciated the first time around.


View all 14 comments. Eugenides is on solid ground with Trip Fontaine, a terrific character who electrifies the book.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This speaks directly to the heart of the book as I read it now: Contagious suicide made it palpable. They appear wraith-like and mystical to both reader and narrators.

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I usually see storytelling as being more important than the writing, but in this case I couldn’t separate the two — the writing is beautiful and the style feels essential to the story. It was a very intriguing approach to telling the story. So much better the second time around and I loved it the first, suicudes Thanks for telling skicides about the problem. There’s a reason why this is my favourite book. Such a moody novel with sparse dialogue, but what is there, is so right on and often funny I’ll definitely be watching the movie adaptation because I’ve heard that although it’s very well done, it’s very different.

All vifgin sins aside, the metaphor is utterly unclear to me. But moments like these are few, and bad sex writing aside, I am pleased to report that the novel more than holds up.

With the Lisbon girls, the gun was loaded. To ask other readers duicides about The Virgin Suicidesplease sign up.

I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books. The other girls, safe in their own rooms, had smelled something strange, sniffed the air, but ignored it.

If you read this novel in a superficial manner, this is just about 5 young sisters year-old Ceciliayear-old Luxyear-old Bonnieyear-old Maryand year-old Therese who killed themselves because of their very strict mother and workaholic submissive effeminate father.


Honestly, I thought that a novel so dependent on the male gaze would annoy me in The novel is written in first person plural from the perspective of an anonymous group of teenage boys who struggle to find an explanation for the Lisbons’ deaths.

Somebody out of touch with reality. To be honest, when I re-read the novel earlier this month, I had no idea that it had a big anniversary coming up; I was just in-between books, trying to decide what to read next, and came across an old copy on my shelf. One hell of a writer. The story is told interestingly in plural first person narration by egenides boys. Mar 12, K.

eigenides In fact, despite her convulsions she was clutching her stomachLux had dared to put on a coat of the forbidden pink lipstick that tasted–so the boys on the roof told us–like strawberries.

View all 4 comments. Eugenides, but I do, and his Pulitzer-Prize winning Middlesex just about knocked me out.

Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: What I remember most is the author’s vivid writing; I will definitely be interested in reading more from him. View all 8 comments.

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He inhabits the mindset that I saw myself and my middle school friends enter so frequently in the cafeterias and in the confines of vapid gossip. I managed to catch some m June I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this.

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