Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Book Review: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Pages: 249
Published: 1993
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Modern Classic

The shocking thing about the five Lisbon was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshiped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.  

Quick Review...
1. Continually surprised by what was happening.
2. Prose and the style of writing was really the best part of this book. Characters and plot are so excellently woven together, in a voice that is both different and thought provoking.
3. The narrative style was a collective 'we' who were the boys who obsessed over the girls and documented their life.
4. So mesmerizing, and I thought I wouldn't like the end, but it just made it even better. Sometimes ambiguity is better than absolute.

A dark and haunting story, that is so incredibly well written. It will make you believe the Lisbon girls were real, and leave you mourning for the lives they could have had.

5 out of 5 stars.

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