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.
high. very interesting, well constructed book
Leonard is the most fully realized character. Eugenides gives more backstory then the other characters.
Awful. He's ok as the narrator, but caricatures the dialog. The women sound like David Sedaris reading Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. There's an air of disdain toward the women and the authority figures that seems outside of the book itself. I found myself arguing with the narrator.
I don't think the book is perfect, but its pretty darned good.
In the top ten.
Mitchell, who is most like me.
When male readers do prissy for every female voice it makes me want to spit.
The Nobel Prize winner.
Eugenides's condescension towards his characters was only topped by Pittu's voicing of them. Sorry, but I was disappointed in the book, the first I've read by Eugenides. I admit that I stayed till the end---I was interested in what happened to the characters and I was also interested in the milieu (I didn't go to college in the 80's, but I think that the experience of searching for meaning/career/independence is a common one). Another reviewer wrote that Pittu's voices for women was "gay," whatever that means. I found that his voices for both men and women made them seem self-centered and clueless---and his voices for women made them seem even stupider than perhaps Eugenides intended. I can't think of one character in the book who wasn't dense, although I suppose that Mitchell, although pretty pathetic and cluless, at least seemed decent. Madeleine's parents were complete buffoons----like many of his portrayals, this was spelled out in the most obvious way.
It was so well written and held my atttention for all the hours. The characters are interesting. It will make you analyze how literature has affected our view of marriage and romance.