Thursday, August 5, 2010
Synopsis from Amazon:
Eugenides's tantalizing, macabre first novel begins with a suicide, the first of the five bizarre deaths of the teenage daughters in the Lisbon family; the rest of the work, set in the author's native Michigan in the early 1970s, is a backward-looking quest as the male narrator and his nosy, horny pals describe how they strove to understand the odd clan of this first chapter.
I read another book by this author, Middlesex, a couple of years ago and really liked it. I have had this book on my shelf for awhile and just got around to reading it. The story itself was a bit odd and morbid, but it was very well told. I liked the way the author told the story through characters who weren't really even in the book. The narrators are a group of neighborhood boys who don't know the whole story but tell it as they saw it. I thought that was a really interesting way to tell the story. I would have liked to get to know some of the sisters better. Lux was really the only one who was talked about in detail. I thought the writing was fantastic. I would definitely read more by this author.