Timothy posted a review at 2009-03-08 08:17:14.
At first when the novel starts, the plot starts to take a jarring twist into the past. Suddenly we’re in Greece, in the old country, and the main character’s grandmother is trying to hunt down her brother a bride in their small village.
The story is very much a fairytale of sorts. I think this is why I loved it so much. It goes through the usual motions of giving us people and objects that we recognize, tricking us into thinking this could be a story that actually happened. Then it starts extrapolating the need for silk worms and talking at length about a “crocus” and we’re transformed into an oddly magical tale of Calliope Stephanides.
What really makes Jeffrey Eugenides’ book “Middlesex” so captivating is not just the story itself. It’s how he constructs the plot. Everything that happens around (or to) each character has a meaning. You feel as if each person he is describing, he knows. Little stories about the construction of a church or the purchase of a new vehicle, transport us into the lives of these characters.
I honestly didn’t want the book to end. The Stephanides family became old friends to me. And sweet little Desdemona just stole my heart away! Not only is the novel heartbreaking, it is also wryly funny and honest at points.
Yay for good fiction!