Page 4 of 4 Discussion Questions 1. Describing his own conception, Cal writes: Delay the act by an hour and you change the gene selection" p. Is Cal's condition a result of chance or of fate?
Six years later, a lyrical film adaptation launched the careers of director Sofia Coppola and actress Kirsten Dunst, who, in the role of Lux, limply allows local guys to lift her sack dress and screw her on the roof of the imprisoning family home.
Eugenides is now a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, and has published two more books, the Pulitzer-winning Middlesex and The Marriage Plot A waistcoat he once wore on a Times Square billboard now has its own parody Twitter account; said garment can be reached at EugenidesVest.
Did you develop a strong bond with the Lisbon sisters while writing The Virgin Suicides? Well, they inhabit the imagination of the collective of boys who narrate the book, so they were a huge focus of my attention.
I was hoping that there would be empathy with them. You grew up near to where the book is set.
Was your suburb similar to the Lisbon sisters? I was trying to universalise it a bit as a dying Roosevelt town in the American midwest. I grew up in Detroit in the 60s, which was haemorrhaging population. There were race riots and a feeling of national decline which affected my mood growing up.
I assumed that it would affect the moods and disposition of the Lisbon girls as well.
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|Chapter Analysis of Middlesex||In general, she wanted another member of the family to be counted as a second female to tip the scales in favor of the women in the family — as opposed to the picture created by a family with two sons, which would have established her as the only female with not much say in the family decisions to be made, both in big and small matters. Above all, the book covers the complication of having no unquestioned identity.|
The Virgin Suicides is about the unknowability of suicide. Why does someone decide to do it, and another person who's equally distraught does not? Is The Virgin Suicides a punk novel in that sense?
That would be great if it meant I had some coolness, but I was never very aware of underground trends like punk.
Did the film adaptation feel like an odd experience Or a validating one? It was both of those things. I went to the set for about three days when they were filming it in Toronto, and it was extremely, extremely hot. They were having a heatwave and it was kind of difficult conditions to act under.
Do you think Kirsten Dunst was too pretty to play Lux?
But with a book like this no one should really play the characters, because the girls are seen at such a distance. That would be quite avant-garde.
That would be too avant-garde, but closer to the spirit of how I wrote the book. I tried to think of the girls as a shapeshifting entity with many different heads. Like a hydra, but not monstrous.
What made you want to explore teenage obsession and voyeurism through the male narrators? But I met a young woman who was a babysitter for my nephew who told me that she and her sisters had all tried to commit suicide. The apparatus of movie-making doesn't resemble writing at all so I couldn't even understand how they were doing it.
My memory of being a teenage boy was as being romantic and poetic rather than a lustful dog, so I think there might be a misconception of what many teenage boys are like.
The book is about the unknowability of suicide, the fact that you can never pinpoint the reason why someone commits suicide.
I guess it could be read as a satirical response to romanticism. In the early 90s there was a lot of sex everywhere, so why write a novel about virgins? The title is ambiguous in a way. It has to do with the Virgin Mary card that appears around the town and reinforces the Catholic nature of the Lisbon family.
I was really thinking about what those suicides might have been called in a tabloid or magazine. Obviously not all the Lisbon girls are virgins. Have you ever seen someone having sex on a roof, like Lux does?
It would be a different world!Jeffrey Eugenides Booklist Jeffrey Eugenides Message Board Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Middlesex In , a grown brother and sister flee the Turks' burning of the Greek city of Smyrna and make a new life for themselves in Detroit as man and wife.
Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (born March 8, ) is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides (), Middlesex (), and The Marriage Plot (). Power and Identity in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex By Lene Renneflott A Thesis Presented to: The Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages In partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree UNIVERSITY OF OSLO Thesis supervisor: Rebecca Scherr Spring Term After college, I often found myself wandering through bookstores aimlessly.
Without a reading list I didn’t really know where to start. Enter the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winners and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The benefit of being so young is that time has oft distilled the opinions on the literary powerhouses turned Pulitzer winners.
Talking the way he writes, formulating elegant phrases, considerately brooding on words with an unequalled intensity, soft-spoken Jeffrey Eugenides, author of the critically acclaimed Virgin Suicides, shares some thoughts on writing, literature and his second novel, Middlesex, which he completed after little less than a decade.
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