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Kathryn Scarborough I am stymied by this book at every turn, the plot is not sequential, chronological or I loved the Fresh Air interview where he spoke about this book, as well.

Granted, I’m no literary genius, just some schmuck with a science degree, so I don’t get all the references, but beyond that I found plof character hideously irritating and didn’t really care how the story progressed or ended.

Yet there’s also a point where his motives become downright scary. The three embark on life after college, they all discover life is very different in the ‘real’ world.

But you know what? I feel like the main point of this novel is just Eugenides shouting, ” look how many books I’ve read! Topics Jeffrey Eugenides Book of the week.

View all 4 comments. Instead, we get a manic-depressive, a wannabe Christian and an English euegnides. From then on, she sticks to her boyfriend no matter what other people, including her parents, say. This book succeeds because it takes the structure and theme of a nineteenth century novel and turns them upside down. The presentation of Mitchell, especially, is so uncertainly poised between solemn and mocking that it’s impossible to tell whether his gestures — hanging a cross round his neck, eugnides the Jesus prayer — are intended as those of an earnestly agonised truth-seeker or of a slightly narcissistic sap.


It possesses the texture and pain of lived experience. I would relate to it far better, I think, because I’m kind of revolted by the ways these characters try to be different. But The Marriage Plot is pretentious.

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Jan 31, Ed rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story concerns three college friends from Brown University —Madeleine Hanna, Leonard Bankhead, and Mitchell Grammaticus — beginning in their senior year,and follows them during their first year post-graduation. Practically anything that came from Jeffrey Eugenides’ pen or computer or whatever was going to pale in comparison.

Eugenides writes great satire. And Eugenides is actually poking fun, wryly, at some of the faddish academic theories: And throughout it all, I kept feeling like this book was only for English majors and maybe Philosophy majorsand had an agenda that did not involve telling a good s While there are passages that are beautiful in only the way Eugenides can write, they act more like flashes of brilliance in an otherwise dull and lazy novel.

The Marriage Plot

Mitchell Grammaticus — a softly spoken and thoughtful religious scholar from a Greek-American family. Unfortunately he’s given only one section of the book. Eugenides taunts the slings and arrows of hearts and broken hearts with such lyrical, fetching effusion mariage the journey is deceptively captivating, even while it ambushes you to a pre-ordained destination.

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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – review

Trivia About The Marriage Plot. Most of all though, I enjoyed Leonard in his manic moments. The novel reminded me of other recent-ish reads It is still has that tongue-in-cheek, contemporary satirist prose of Eugenides.

However, Mitchell’s religious and metaphysical wandering and Madeline’s insecurity were eugenidee boring to me. Don’t read this novel, it’s vomit inducing. The Trader Joe’s marriagr The lively intelligence of the earlier books has little to grapple with in these mostly unremarkable characters as they make their intellectual and geographic grand tours, and consequently much of the writing veers between effortful smartness and a kind of eugenidea blah. Madeleine is waiting for acceptance into Yale etc, Leonard for a fellowship and Mitchell has work with a professor in India lined up.


How does it compare to Virgin Suicides or Middlesex? It’s customary to eugenifes when an author moves outside his comfort zone, but I’m not sure it was such a great idea in this case. At its very simplistic core, The Marriage Plot is the journey of a love triangle Here is an excerpt: L ooking back over Jeffrey Eugenides’s first two novels, I wondered if a part of their enormous appeal might have been the way they brought together two apparently incompatible registers: Madeleine Hanna is the main protagonist View all 11 comments.

She found herself sometimes judiciously weighing it in her hand. However, later in the story she says the real one and when her boyfriend carries it out, she reaches orgasm bigtime.

And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Yes, this Madelinethe little convent schoolgirl from Paris. To see euyenides your friends thought of this book, please sign up.