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.
Mom of 3 essentially grown kids that are friend more than kids now. I am finding time to rediscover past pre-parent passions such as pediatric ER nursing, quilting and road biking...my house is cleaner and more organized than ever because I can listen to a book and accomplish life mundane/routine life necessities!
Open to new authors, I purchased this based on the reviews...big mistake. Very difficult to get into, stay into and ended somewhat abruptly. Found it to be very disconnected with characters unevenly developed and what seemed to be little or weak plot. But this is a rare dud among many gems from audible. Recommend to spend one tokens elsewhere.
I found the story to be interesting but a little bit slow moving but not bad. I loved Middlesex and didnt quite enjoy this as much but that could be because of my own reasons. Reading about metal illness is so very difficulat and overall I found the book made me incredibly sad. Sad for all the characters unrequited love and seemingly hopeless romantic situations. However the character development was amazing and the descriptions of every situation and detail most exquisite. I would recommend you get this if you are looking for something to stretch the mind a little linguistically but not if you are feeling a bit melancholy.
This would have been a wonderful short story if the hours of snobbish name-dropping had been edited out. The story was all but lost in the authors attempt to prove his own literary expertise.
The narrator did an excellent job characterizing, However his female voices came through as gay rather than authentic female which was distracting.
Loved Eugenides' other books, but "The Marriage Plot" felt like a bad knockoff of Franzen's "Freedom" (re: college love triangle). And on the subject of ripping off better writers, Eugenides bases one of his lead characters on David Foster Wallace. Leonard is a super-smart bandana-wearing tobacco-chewing bipolar prodigy. I don't know if Eugenides intended this as homage or what, but it felt cheap and obvious.
A wonderful read.
The detail and the development of the characters.
I really enjoyed him.
I have already began to recommend this book.