Saturday, June 26, 2010

Book Review: Middlesex

It probably seems like I haven't picked up a book in forever on this blog.  Lately, I have been having a case of the memory that forgets everything before you even start.

However, I did manage to get through the Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

This was a book about Cal, formerly Calliope, and the explanation of how the child became a hermaphrodite through his family history, reaching back several generations of family incest.  

One can understand the choices that the elders make in marrying family initially, and that is what makes the story all the more tragic.  These people had fear for their actions, and this anxiety proved true. 

The only problem was, Calliope had been raised to the point of teenage girl, before ever finding out that she had a predominantly male genetic structure.  When her family attempts to have her "fixed," she runs off and assumes her new identity as Cal.  

It is an epic story and an excellent read.  If I could ask for more it would be to further learn about the identity crisis that Cal had, although it does explain the loneliness that he feels throughout the course of his life.

I think that just about anyone with invisible illness can relate to those with combination genitals.  Just because we aren't of the norm, does not mean that we are not real people with real feelings.  If anything, the book made me feel even more accepting of the unknown.  

I highly recommend.




upnorth said...

I loved this book....and it changed me as to how I think about gender and sexuality. I agree, it was so well writen!

Lee Lee said...

I read this book years ago. Unfortunatly the families story doesn't end where the book does. You should google them and see how things turned out ... truely tragic, but a story that needed to be told!

Anonymous said...

I tried to read this book a while ago, and I just couldn't get into it! I think it was a time when I just couldn't concentrate enough to follow the story. Since you recommend it, I will try it again.

It's so H O T !!!

Assiya said...

I loved this book!
Have you read Girl with the dragon tattoo? Great page turner (but also well written) once you get into it.