I did not learn anything except about the characteristics of a bipolar person. I really don't want to know about the stuff in this book.
Change the plot.
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I would have cut out much of the minutia that made this book drag.
Just boring! I kept thinking it would get better, but it never did. I want those hours of my life back!
I am stunned to see how many commenters liked this narrator. I very nearly stopped listening because I hated his female character voices so much. They all sound like the different ages of Paul Lynde. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy Paul Lynde as much as the next girl, and maybe there are even some women out there who actually sound like that. But when our heroine (a highly-educated student of Victorian literature) and her extremely well-bred and proper mother, and her college roommates, and every other woman she knows sounds like some variant on Paul Lynde, there's a problem.
I don't love this narrator's male voices either, to be honest -- way too many of them sounded like sort of dim surfer dudes to me. But his women were truly deplorable.
As for the book, I will start by saying that I, too, really enjoyed Middlesex (a male narrator, BTW, who did WONDERFUL voices for all characters, male and female). This book was not as consistently rewarding (to me) as Middlesex was. I think Eugenides' editor should have urged him to tighten up some of the sections dedicated to literary theory and the protagonists' college seminars. These sections felt self-indulgent to me, as though the author was trying to establish his smartypants cred. I think whatever plot or character development they fueled could still have been achieved in far fewer words.
Despite this, I eventually came to be interested in all three of the protagonists, and by the end of the book I was invested in their thoughts, lives and choices. So ultimately, I'm glad I stuck with it.
There are short parts in this novel that one revisits the beaty in the writing and character illumination of the authors previous (masterpiece)- Middlesex. However the novel in total in my opinion could have used significant pruning and the story was of limited interest.
Puffy love trilogy with overstated homage to literary symbolism. The story line was tedious and the characters were due little respect due to their pathetic decisions and lack of personal conviction.
Can't recommend this one.
Detailed descriptions that just didn't seem to go anywhere....
I often re-listen to audiobooks in my library, but not this one. I was looking forward to another book from this author that was as good as Middlesex, but this book fell far short. I would not recommend it.
I listened to Marriage Plot soon after it became available on audible as I had enjoyed reading Middlesex so much. The Marriage Plot is interesting and worth reading, but was not "fascinating" as Middlesex was. The characters of this book were not particularly sympathetic and I didn't care about what happened to them. While well written, I wasn't particularly interested in any underlying messages that the characters portrayed. If one is unfamiliar with the vicissitudes of mental illness and its management, this could be interesting.
I liked the narration and the writing style, as well as the various concurrent plots. Unfortunately, the main plot is really a downer. At times I dreaded getting in my car and listening to another segment.
I wouldn't recommend this to friends, only because it's too depressing.
This book inspired me to be grateful for my mental health!
I have not read the print version, but I definitely felt the narrator did an excellent job, and I don't have any complaints about the audio version.
It's similar to Eugenides' other books such as Middlesex as well as Haruki Murakami's novels because it's not just about the story. Eugenides likes to add things such as literary criticism, history, science, philosophy, and religion to the story, so that the book becomes so much more than just a linear plot. You learn so much from the little detours he takes.
Mitchell, which took me aback because I didn't think I'd be able to connect with him.
Eugenides is one who knows how to write delightful, inventive prose. Pittu is an actor who makes the characters alive and gives each one his/her own voice.
The plot takes you back to what it was like being 20 in the eighties, to college, love, trips abroad and the misteries of mind and heart.