Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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This is book three in my attempt to read fifty books in 2005.

Now this is more like it. I was getting a bit jaded after the first two books, but this is much more to my taste. Strong hints of transexuality (or is that transexualism) in the first sentence followed by incest in the first few chapters :)

Actually it turns out that it’s not transexuality, but rather hermaphroditism – but that doesn’t make it any less interesting.

And in case anyone thinks that I have really weird tastes in books, I should point out that backing up all this sensationalism there is also a very interesting and well-written story. The book tells the story of three generations of Greek immigrants from their arrival in the USA in the 1920s.

Don’t read it for the sensationalist aspects. Read it because it’s a very good novel.

One comment

  1. Not sure really what your taste in books is, have you chosen the 50 for the year already?I would suggest if you want to make the target, that you shortlist a few important, but short, novels. That will keep your average up, and your enthuasm. I just finished “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson in just over a day, and am reading another few short books before I try piling into Neal Stephenson’s bloated but hopefully worthy Baroque cycle.

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