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The novel is written in first person plural from the perspective of an anonymous group of teenage boys who struggle to find an explanation for the Lisbons’ deaths. He has said that he has been haunted by the decline of Detroit. The writing is as beautiful as the sisters, the story travels quickly almost without pause and you get really I really loved the way this story was delivered, told from the point of view of the neighbourhood boys who have an obsessive fascination for the five Lisbon sisters who all succumb eugendies suicide.

Oh, I love you, Jeffrey. Dad never knew Mr. This book proved he is only an occasional genius.

To this day, I have wondered what spurred on his sudden interest in my social life and my friends. It is always foul, stinking, decaying, etc. They had lived on the same street and obsessed over this family, more specially the daughters. The girls never leave the interior after a while, and heffrey smother him. The narrator and his friends watch, and later receive testimony about it from the male participants: Eager readers of the early ’90s had, of course, been inundated by a range of renditions of the romantic inevitability of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julietand the eternal longings in the works of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton never eeugenides to make their way into high school freshman college Thw literature classes.

The other two bullets are impossible to name, but that doesn’t mean the chambers were empty. This passage is everything I feared that this novel would turn out to be upon re-read: Bonnie hanged herself, Therese overdosed on suicidess pills, and Lux died of carbon monoxide poisoning after sealing herself in the garage with the car running.

I usually see storytelling as being more important than the writing, but in this suicises I couldn’t separate the two — the writing is beautiful and the style feels essential to the story. These guys are outsiders but manage to tell a raw story about these girls. Rock music blared from the tape player; we threw ourselves virgni in chairs, bodilessly floating to the couch from time to time to dip our heads into the strawberry vat, but the next day we refused to remember that any of this had happened, and even now it’s the first time we’ve spoken of it.


You know the ones: Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and virgon now recall their shared adolescence: In a fictional world where anything can happen, nothing there makes any real difference, making it difficult for me to care about the book even while it was often thrilling me.

Her mind no longer existed in any way that mattered. Yet, the writing is not strained at all–in fact, it seems to have flowed suicjdes from his pen. A few weeks later, their parents allow the girls to throw a chaperoned party at their house in hopes of cheering Cecilia up.

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So I feel a bit uncomfortable about revealing that I disliked it – I’ll admit, I have been guilty of judging people a bit if I see they’ve slated sujcides book I really love, and this seems to be a book that has a lot of meaning for many readers – but, there you go, I can’t help it. I feel like I need to read it again to pick up on so eugrnides elements I may have overlooked or not fully appreciated the first time around. I could stick quote after quote of brilliant vifgin on here. Sofia Coppola wrote the screenplay for and directed a minute film version, shot in the summer ofand released on May 19, at the Cannes Film Festival.

By the way, I remembered it wrong: The Lisbon parents begin to watch their four remaining daughters more closely, which isolates the family from their community.

Contagious suicide made it palpable.

Told from th Sometimes, you just know when you have found a truly great novelist and Jeffrey Eugenides is one such novelist. At first, I couldn’t shake images from the film, which I thought might detract from really appreciating it as a novel, but in the end it didn’t.

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This tragic event is the downward spiral that eventually destroys Cecilia’s four sisters within two years of her death. Since the story is about 5 teenage sisters and the narrators were interested on them, readers presumed that they were narrating from the virggin of schoolboys with raging hormones and think of sex almost every hour of the day. Lisbon also takes a leave of absence from his teaching job, so that the family can be together all the time. So I feel a bit uncomfortable about revealing jeeffrey I disliked it – I’ll admit, I have been guilty of judging suiciides a bit if I see they’ve slated a book I really love, and this seems to be a book that has a lot of meaning for many readers – but, there you Honestly, I really wanted to fall in love with this.


The novel closes with the men confessing that they had loved the girls, but that they will never know the motives behind the suicides. Teh, Bonnie, Mary, Therese and Lux have lived cloistered lives.

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Nov 17, Tbe rated it did not like it Shelves: The first chapter is completely bizarre, and flavored by his somewhat ostentatious prose, it has both a suicjdes and magical feel.

June I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Paperbackpages. Especially the end, which I was hoping to be done with much sooner than it did. Y en este caso, es magia de verdad, sin trucos. Throughout the book things are covered in dust, slime, dead bugs, etc. Around the Year i All other sins aside, the metaphor is utterly unclear to me. The Virgin Suicides is a novel that is engrossing. For the film score, see The Virgin Suicides score.

Why waste so much paper and ink on something so overtly pretentious and so utterly meaningless? Because of course, the male gaze is not merely the structure of The Virgin Suicides, but ultimately its subject. Feb 07, Vanessa rated it really liked it. Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides is a brutally beautiful masterpiece of decay, loss, longing, and regret that can still break your heart.

There was something missing. This book is like a preface, where the real book never feels like it begins.