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Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) af…

Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (original 2002; udgave 2002)

af Jeffrey Eugenides (Forfatter)

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Den græsk-amerikanske pige Callie finder ud af at hun er hermafrodit, og det sætter en proces i gang hvor hun graver i familiens historie, fra flugten fra Lilleasien og til Detroit. Det kommer der en underholdende, poetisk og morsom fortælling ud af.
Titel:Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Forfattere:Jeffrey Eugenides (Forfatter)
Info:Picador (2007), Edition: First Edition, 544 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Middlesex af Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)

  1. 102
    Korrektioner af Jonathan Franzen (sipthereader, sturlington)
  2. 81
    Hotel New Hampshire af John Irving (Othemts)
    Othemts: Multi-generational eccentric families, entrepreneurship, incest, the average made epic - yep, these books have it all!
  3. 81
    Tipping the Velvet af Sarah Waters (_debbie_)
    _debbie_: Both are (at least partially) historical novels with strong themes of identity, coming of age, and going against the mainstream to stay true to what you feel is right. Although one is set in Victorian England and the other isn't, they both have that same feel of rich language and descriptive place.… (mere)
  4. 93
    Jomfruselvmorderne af Jeffrey Eugenides (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: share the same exquisite sense of setting: boring, but not terrible suburban America, second half of last century.
  5. 82
    Enke i et år af John Irving (readerbabe1984)
  6. 51
    Som Gud skabte ham : drengen der blev opdraget som pige af John Colapinto (librorumamans, librorumamans)
    librorumamans: The connection of this book to Middlesex is Eugenides' character, Dr Luce, who appears to be modelled on Dr John Money of Johns Hopkins University. As Nature Made Him is a non-fiction account of Money's experimental (and unsuccessful) sex reassignment of David Reimer, whose botched infant circumcision left him genitally mutilated. Both books compellingly look at the complexity of gender identity.… (mere)
  7. 30
    Anywhere but Here af Mona Simpson (ainsleytewce)
    ainsleytewce: Both are very American stories, about families in the 20th century, fighting wars, starting businesses, raising families, and both feature a teenage protagonist.
  8. 64
    En menneskelig plet af Philip Roth (sarah-e)
    sarah-e: A character 'passes' in society - dealing with culture and identity.
  9. 10
    The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit af Thomas J. Sugrue (jacr)
    jacr: A scholarly discussion of the decline of Detroit and its race riots. People who liked Eugenides's fictional account of Detroit might be interested in this historical version.
  10. 32
    Knivens æg : roman af Abraham Verghese (someproseandcons)
    someproseandcons: Both books are family and community sagas centered around secrets, and both books are carried by a strong and compelling voice.
  11. 10
    Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of a City af Marjorie Housepian Dobkin (Anonym bruger)
  12. 10
    How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States af Joanne Meyerowitz (jacr)
  13. 10
    Timerne af Michael Cunningham (sturlington)
  14. 00
    Getting Ghost: Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City af Luke Bergmann (paulkid)
    paulkid: Get a little history of Detroit from the stories of the people who lived there.
  15. 00
    Sugarless af James Magruder (amberwitch)
    amberwitch: Similar topic and era
  16. 22
    Midnatsbørn af Salman Rushdie (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: The destiny of an individual and a family bound up with that of a particular time and place.
  17. 11
    Labor of Love: The Story of One Man's Extraordinary Pregnancy af Thomas Beatie (infiniteletters)
  18. 33
    The Master Butchers Singing Club af Louise Erdrich (ainsleytewce)
    ainsleytewce: Both begin with immigrants who come to America at approximately the same time.
  19. 22
    Intersex: A Perilous Difference af Morgan Holmes (boat-song)
    boat-song: Contains an amazing chapter on Eugenides and Middlesex, and for those interested in gender, a must read.
  20. 01
    Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes af T. Cooper (susanbooks)

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Viser 1-5 af 628 (næste | vis alle)
Well written, but not my taste.
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  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
It's hard to summarize this book succinctly, and I understand the feeling that it brings together a host of narratives and feelings, many of which not obviously thematically linked. Nevertheless, to me the very improbability of their occurrence is somehow more compelling; this is a fictional account of real experiences that captures something particular about each of them. For me, I took away so much. The literal American saga of the expulsion from war, immigrant experience and struggle, the Great Depression, the second war, the postwar boom, the 60s, the 70s. Race riots, white flight, San Francisco, the morphing and multiple views on religion, sex and life. The sensation of feeling out of place, at the bottom of the heap. The reassurance of the present-day narration. The repetitive cycles of life, the motifs that return, the lessons learned, the people along the way. The tropes, even. The secrets, the shame, the confusion, the inability to communicate, the struggle of making it work. Unchanging natures. The old men nattering. The teenagers. The fundamental existence of people, somehow, the contrast to the hubris of the present, to mine perhaps. Icarus rather than Prometheus.

Apparently, a review full of sentence fragments at 5am. It's good, read it. ( )
  Zedseayou | Jan 30, 2024 |
Enjoyable, though I found it a little slow in places, and the back-history of the hero/ine's family takes up most of the book it seems. I felt like I learned at least as much, probably more, about Greek-American culture than I did about the experience of hermaphrodism. ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
I'm not quite sure what made me keep reading this book I found on the list of Pulitzer Prize winners. Maybe it was the family drama, or the way Eugenides effortlessly moved his characters through history while keeping everything relevant to the context of Calliope's story. Something did make me keep reading though, and by the end I was closely attached to the fates of the characters and inspired by the way Calliope comes out of this tumultuous journey which started even before she was born. ( )
  sophia.magyk | Jan 3, 2024 |
I can't add much to the perceptive assessments of this book offered by other Goodreads users below, other than to say it earns every word of high praise it has garnered.
  Mark_Feltskog | Dec 23, 2023 |
Viser 1-5 af 628 (næste | vis alle)
This novel repeats the stand-out achievements...an ability to describe the horrible in a comic voice, an unusual form of narration and an eye for bizarre detail.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerGuardian, Mark Lawson (Oct 5, 2002)
Eugenides does such a superb job of capturing the ironies and trade-offs of assimilation that Calliope's evolution into Cal doesn't feel sudden at all, but more like a transformation we've been through ourselves.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerPittsburgh Post-Gazette, John Freeman (Sep 29, 2002)
His narrator is a soul who inhabits a liminal realm, a creature able to bridge the divisions that plague humanity, endowed with ''the ability to communicate between the genders, to see not with the monovision of one sex but in the stereoscope of both.'' That utopian reach makes ''Middlesex'' deliriously American; the novel's patron saint is Walt Whitman, and it has some of the shagginess of that poet's verse to go along with the exuberance. But mostly it is a colossal act of curiosity, of imagination and of love.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerThe New York Times Book Review, Laura Miller (Sep 15, 2002)
''Middlesex'' is a novel about roots and rootlessness. (The middle-sex, middle-ethnic, middle-American DNA twists are what move Cal to Berlin; the author now lives there too.) But the writing itself is also about mixing things up, grafting flights of descriptive fancy with hunks of conversational dialogue, pausing briefly to sketch passing characters or explain a bit of a bygone world.

''The Virgin Suicides'' is all of a piece, contained within the boundaries of one neighborhood; ''Middlesex'' -- a strange Scheherazade of a book -- is all in pieces, as all big family stories are, bursting the boundaries of logic.
Like the Greek drama cuff links that Cal's father wears, ''Middlesex'' has two faces -- one comedic, the other tragic -- and the novel turns the story of Cal's coming of age into an uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets.
tilføjet af vibesandall | RedigerThe New York Times, Michiko Kakutani (Sep 3, 2002)

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