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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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very sad book, not very likable characters ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 2016 |
This is not a good book.

Also, I do not care about Trip's nipples. There, I said it.
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1 vote thebookmagpie | Jan 30, 2016 |
This is not a good book.

Also, I do not care about Trip's nipples. There, I said it.
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  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
This is not a good book.

Also, I do not care about Trip's nipples. There, I said it.
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  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - Good

Listed in the 1001 books you must read before you die http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die

Listed in The Guardian's 1000 best novels http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

So this book is listed in the above challenges and I have no idea why. Granted it was an interesting read, well written etc. But one of the great books? Don't really thing so myself. Anyway...

The five Lisbon sisters are living a quite sheltered life. Their father teaches at the school they attend, they rarely socialise in school let alone out of it. They seem quite self contained until the day the youngest attempts suicide. From there it is a spiral of disintegration as the parents first try to widen their social circle and then, following a second, successful attempt, clamp down on the girls until they rarely leave the house and no longer attend school, let alone socialise.

All this is documented by a group of boys that attend the same school, live in the same neighbourhood. They watch over and fantasise about the girls and continue to do so long after the events of that fateful year have passed.

Ok, as I write this, maybe it is better than I initially thought. Worth a read, but maybe not a 1001!

PS I do hate books that don't have a good chapter structure...there is never a good point to put it down!

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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 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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