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The Marriage Plot (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Title:The Marriage Plot
Authors:Jeffrey Eugenides
Info:Fourth Estate (2011), Edition: First Edition first Printing, Hardcover, 440 pages
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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (2011)

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It's in iTunes on the laptop, not sure how it got there. Try transferring to iPod.
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
15 audio discs

March ABC book group selection

"Offering a wholly new approach to the classic love story, this is an intimate meditation on the quests—romantic and otherwise—that confound and propel us"

Madeleine Hanna.....Leonard Bankhead....Mitchell Grammaticus

In journal style, members of this triangle graduate from Brown, and face events that cause them to re evaluate life again and again.
The author presents them with understanding and affection.

Doing this in audio was a hoot!
These characters were so well presented. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 27, 2016 |
Lost interest.
  Carolinejyoung | Jan 18, 2016 |
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides
★★★

Set in the 1980s this is a non traditional romance involving a love triangle. 3 students meet at college Madeleine the woman at the centre of the love triangle, Mitchell a student of religion who believes he is destined to be with Madeleine and Leonard tobacco chewing, bad boy, brilliant science buff.

We follow the 3 as they discover more about themselves, the nature of love and growing up and how life is never what you expect it to be.
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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
I'd really like to give this novel 3.5 stars. Eugenides is a much better writer than most of those I give 3 stars to, and yet this novel is not really a 4 star novel. It reads too much like a re-worked roman a clef. I do like the parts about Quaker Meeting toward the end of the book, and the representation of manic depression felt authentic enough that I became depressed (as I do, when I read something too real about the inside of depression). But it felt like it was constrained too much by the way Eugenides' life actually played out. I do understand that he's trying to undo the marriage plot (and please, let's not misuse the word "deconstruct" anymore...I may not be a Derrida fan anymore, but I do remember that it means something more than "undo."). So that should give the work some structure life doesn't have. The idea doesn't work for me here, though. ( )
  heathrel | Dec 24, 2015 |
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The novel isn’t really concerned with matrimony or the stories we tell about it, and the title, the opening glance at Madeleine’s library and the intermittent talk of books come across as attempts to impose an exogenous meaning. The novel isn’t really about love either, except secondarily. It’s about what Eugenides’s books are always about, no matter how they differ: the drama of coming of age.
 
No one’s more adept at channeling teenage angst than Jeffrey Eugenides. Not even J. D. Salinger.
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People would never fall in love if they hadn't heard love talked about.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld
And you may ask yourself, Well,
how did I get here? ...
And you may ask yourself,
This is not my beautiful house.
And you may ask yourself,
This is not my beautiful wife.
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Phyllida's hair was where her power resided. It was expensively set into a smooth dome, like a band shell for the presentation of that long-running act, her face.
Even now, at bed-and-breakfasts or seaside hotels, a shelf full of forlorn books always cried out to Madeline.
That left a large contingent of people majoring in English by default. Because they weren't left-brained enough for science, because history was too dry, philosophy too difficult, geology too petroleum-oriented, and math too mathematical - because they weren't musical, artistic, financially motivated, or really all that smart, these people were pursuing university degrees doing something no different from what they'd done in first grade: reading stories. English was what people who didn't know what to major in majored in.
She used a line from Trollope's Barchester Towers as an epigraph: "There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel."
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English major Madeleine Hanna must choose between two suitors while working on her senior thesis on the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0374203059, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: Even among authors, Jeffrey Eugenides possesses a rare talent for being able to inhabit his characters. In The Marriage Plot, his third novel and first in ten years (following the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex), Eugenides describes a year or so in the lives of three college seniors at Brown in the early 80s. There is Madeleine, a self-described “incurable romantic” who is slightly embarrassed at being so normal. There is Leonard, a brilliant, temperamental student from the Pacific Northwest. And completing the triangle is Mitchell, a Religious Studies major from Eugenides’ own Detroit. What follows is a book delivered in sincere and genuine prose, tracing the end of the students’ college days and continuing into those first, tentative steps toward true adulthood. This is a thoughtful and at times disarming novel about life, love, and discovery, set during a time when so much of life seems filled with deep portent. --Chris Schluep

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Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend of hers resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

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