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  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Big disappointment!"
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    I really enjoyed the author's Middlesex, but this book totally let me down. The premise, as inferred by the tittle, never really comes together in a meaningful way. I felt like the two male characters were well explored, while the female (the lead character, supposedly?) was more vague, defined mainly by her reactions to the two men. I never could really figure out who she was, so her actions seemed arbitrary and unrealistic, serving only the plot, not her. If the plot itself had been rewarding, that would have made it more acceptable, but it wasn't. And then the book just ended. In the interview with the author, he mentions that this is the one book he's written where he feels like he could revisit the characters ten year hence; I'd say it's not worth it. He would have been better off just finishing this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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