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The Virgin Suicides (original 1993; edition 1994)

by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Title:The Virgin Suicides
Authors:Jeffrey Eugenides
Info:Grand Central Publishing (1994), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:death, suicide, american, mi, 1970's, fiction, pb, mooched, outstanding

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (1993)

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First of all, I gotta say I really loved this book. It’s one of those books that I wasn’t entirely sure I was enjoying or understanding while I was reading it, and I found it aggravating at times, but it still has me thinking about it a week after I finished it.

Full review → Joie des Livres ( )
  joiedeslivres | Apr 12, 2016 |
Having seen the movie already, I was thrilled at how much more depth and breadth of plot, character development, and beauty was in these pages. ( )
  BooksForYears | Apr 1, 2016 |
This book was well written, no doubt about that. For me, this book belongs to a genre that's one of a kind, where the goal isn't to solve anything - it's to tell a story. It reminds me of the "Submarine" movie I recently watched. Anyway, it wasn't bad but it just wasn't exactly my type of book. I never really got hooked, and yes, there were moments when I felt a bit more drawn to it but overall it was more of a 'passing through' than anything. ( )
  zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
This is not a good book.

Also, I do not care about Trip's nipples. There, I said it.
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  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
I knew the rough plot already from having seen the movie years ago, but the book still managed to blow me away. The language was gorgeous and sumptuous, which made an amazing contrast to the somber subject of the novel. I will pick up another book by Eugenides soon, to see how he weaves words around a different subject. Anyone have a particular recommendation?

It's been a long time since I was so impressed with both the command of language (such descriptions!) and the mastery of plot and pacing. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
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Mr. Eugenides is blessed with the storyteller's most magical gift, the ability to transform the mundane into the extraordinary.
added by stephmo | editNew York Times, Suzanne Berne (Apr 25, 1993)
 
Adopting a tone simultaneously elegiac and loony, The Virgin Suicides takes the dark stuff of Greek tragedy and reworks it into an eccentric, mesmerizing, frequently hilarious American fantasy about the tyranny of unrequited love, and the unknowable heart of every family on earth — but especially the family next door.
 

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On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide -- it was Mary this time, and the sleeping pills, like Therese -- the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope.
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Juxtaposing the most common and the most gothic, the humorous and the tragic, author Jeffrey Eugenides creates a vivid and compelling portrait of youth and lost innocence. He takes us back to the elm-lined streets of suburbia in the seventies, and introduces us to the men whose lives have been forever changed by their fierce, awkward obsession with five doomed sisters: brainy Therese, fastidious Mary, ascetic Bonnie, libertine Lux, and pale, saintly Cecilia, whose spectacular demise inaugurates "the year of the suicides." This is the debut novel that caused a sensation and won immediate acclaim from the critics-a tender, wickedly funny tale of love and terror, sex and suicide, memory and imagination.

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The narrator and his friends piece together the events that led up to the suicides of the Lisbon girls--brainy Therese, fastidious Mary, ascetic Bonnie, libertine Lux, and saintly Cecilia.

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