Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Books Before Blogging Review

I finished reading this book about 8 months ago, and I remember it as an interesting, insightful book about life as a hermaphrodite.

The book spans eight decades, and three generations of a Greek family who migrate to America in the 1920s. The main plot is told by 41-year-old Cal, who was born with an indeterminate gender. Raised as a girl, Cal realises that this was the wrong decision, and reverts to being male at the age of 18.

The first half of this book was pretty average – the relationship between the grandparents didn’t seem very plausible. The second half of the book, however, was one of the best pieces of writing I have ever read. It was touching, clever and I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended – especially for reading groups.

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  1. Teddy says:

    I also liked this book a lot! It looks like we have some common interests in books.

  2. Ciara says:

    I liked this book a lot. It’s one of my all time favorites actually. I also could not put it down, which was surprising because it is quite a big book and it doesn’t seem like it would pull you in but it does! Highly recommended.

    1. Jackie says:

      Ciara, Thanks for commenting on my blog for the first time! Amazing to think you found one of my oldest posts! I can see why this is one of your all time favourites – I still think about it many years after finishing.


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