A raccontarci una ben strana vicenda, con una voce avvolgente che si impone fin dalle prime righe, è Calliope Stephanides, una rara specie di ermafrodito che ha vissuto i primi anni della sua vita come bambina, per poi scoprire la sua doppia natura. Responsabile della sua "eccentricità biologica" è un gene misterioso che attraversa come una colpa tre generazioni della sua famiglia e che ora si manifesta nel suo corpo. Inizia così l'odissea di Callie, un viaggio che ci proietta nei sogni e nei segreti della famiglia Stephanides, tra furbi imprenditori e ciarlatani, sagge donne di casa e improbabili leader religiosi, in un alternarsi di nascite, matrimoni, scandali e segreti che dalla Turchia degli anni in cui crolla l'Impero Ottomano si trasferisce nell'America del Proibizionismo e della guerra, dei conflitti razziali e della controcultura, del Vietnam e del Watergate. L'odissea di un'adolescenza in cui si mescolano e si oppongono il senso di un destino, di un'eredità familiare, e la volontà di essere artefice di se stessi, per dare voce ai propri desideri, alla propria sessualità e ai propri sentimenti.
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I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM, exhausted. Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn’t keep me from this night’s rest, I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness. Not a dead stench, or a spoiled food stench. This was the stench of sewage. From a spot in t Leggi tutto
“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.” I'd heard Middlesex was about a character who was born intersex and raised as a girl - a compellin Leggi tutto
Alright, it’s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece. Being a pseudo-biochemist (pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist, whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I’ve convinced myself are Leggi tutto
This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of "This American Life" than a novel. Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it. An interesting idea, and a few engrossing sex scenes (I like the "crocus" and the peep-tank, and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me
Exactly the flawless masterpiece you've heard it is. I've read hundreds of novels in my day, & this is in the top 3 (On equal shelf with "A Confederacy of Dunces" & "Blonde." (My own personal trifecta perfecta: The THE the best novels of ALL TIME!)) I will never stop lauding this book. Unbelievable, Leggi tutto
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of Calliope/Cal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines "was born twice: first, as a baby girl...and then again as a teenage boy." The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as th Leggi tutto
This is a book about transition. Transition from child to adult to parent and grandparent. From native to immigrant. From brother and sister to husband and wife. From rural dweller to urbanite. From modest affluence to poverty and up again. From loving language to losing the power of speech. From geek to h Leggi tutto
This isn’t so much a review as an embarrassing story. I gave the book four stars for a reason. The writing is beautiful. I would recommend it. Now onwards to my shame. So Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides. Please understand it was a really long line after a similarly long day at wo Leggi tutto
"Some people inherit houses; others paintings or highly insured violin bows. Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name. I got a recessive gene on my fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeed." Let me say first that Jeffrey Eugenides is an extraordinary storyteller! Why I’ve wa Leggi tutto
Hmmmmm.... what to say, what to say... I sometimes go into a book "blind" - to be as unpolluted in my expectations as can be, looking only at the star ratings of my Goodreads friends in order to determine whether I will try a book. I knew only that an overwhelming number of my friends enjoyed it, and Leggi tutto
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