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Rescued Thread Grammath 29th March 2006 02:28 PM Last night at the pub quiz regularly attended by myself, Bill and Deinonychus (remember him?), there was a round of soundtrack clips including a snippet from the excellent French band Air's score for the movie version of this beautifully written and highly evocative novel, a book I'm surprised does not yet have its own thread. It is several years since I read this tale of the demise of the five Lisbon sisters, but the main thing that stays with me is the carefully created atmosphere of the book. The unnamed male narrator is relating
"Middlesex" is Eugenides' second novel, after his exquisitely melancholic and nostalgic debut "The Virgin Suicides", one of the great debuts of the 1990s. This is a much more expansive piece of work, a recounting of three generations of the close knit Stephanides family by Cal, now 41 and living in Berlin as a man, but earlier in life Calliope, the daughter of Milton and Tessie. S/he is one of the reasons for the title of the book, the other being that it is the name of the house where s/he grew up in Detroit, Michigan. It begins by following the escape of Lefty and Desdemona, Cal's g