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Because besides my tendency to zone out while listening, it’s fun to listen to someone tell you a story isn’t it? It’s simple, it’s sad, it is capital I Intriguing. Without warning, Cecilia attempts suicide by slitting her wrists in the bathtub.

Jeffrey Eugenides’ virgin suicides

I assumed that it would affect the moods and disposition of the Lisbon girls as well. But the terrible thing is that I lost my vest! The Virgin Suicides is about the unknowability of suicide. Because of course, the male gaze is not merely the structure of The Virgin Suicides, but ultimately its subject. Overall, this book is very heart braking. Jan 29, Linda rated it did not like it Recommends it for: View all 14 comments.

A bullet for historical malaise. The father, Ronald, is a math eugenudes at the local high school.

Forewarned the people of small town of GrossPointe, Michigan. It was both of those things. The living room revealed orange carpeting jefrfey a brown vinyl sofa.

Woody Clabault’s sister had the same brand, and once, after we got into his parents’ liquor cabinet, we made him put on jjeffrey lipstick and kiss each one of us that we, too, would know what it tasted like.


Bonnie hanged herself, Therese overdosed on sleeping pills, and Lux died of carbon monoxide poisoning after sealing herself in the garage with the car running.

It is surrealistic and lingers with you long after you have put the book down. It would have been too simple for a story to be all about that.

It’s incredible sad, mystical in ways, also with an interesting narrative. Something that I very much loved about the book and that lacks from the filmare the moments when the boys realize not only that the Lisbon girls are unique entities, but that they’re not perfect. Especially in some sections where he will just list off thousands of details about the houses or the Lisbon girls with long strings of adjectives.

There is no happy ending but that pretty much sums up suicide. Still, they tell the story. The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides. She was no longer wearing eugenided but a flannel nightgown. Almost every page of this book had a meaningful quote on it.

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September 2nd TW: Eugenides records it all in dizzying prose that is amazingly detailed, often acidic and sometimes baffling. What made you want to explore teenage obsession and voyeurism through the male narrators? To ask other readers questions about The Virgin Suicidesplease sign up. Above us, the face of Mrs. Overall a painful and thought provoking read. Things aren’t coated in sugar, or clouds, or pretty makeup. I can only imagine it was a very different experience for him.


Hutch put it, “They made Cecilia out to be the bad guy. Why does someone decide to do it, and another person who’s equally distraught does not? That would be quite avant-garde. Each member of the community tries to take their best shot at “figuring out” these girls; the doctors poke and prod in their offices, the psychologists psycho-analyze and the housewives gossip.

Spiky bacteria lodged in the agar of the girls’ throats. In the case of this book, it is taken to an extreme. The Lisbon sisters become cyphers and enigmas under the harsh scrutiny of 60’s paranoid suburbia. Couldnt get my head round the characters. Wow, you knew that this guy was the real deal after all. View all 5 comments. Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan, of Greek and Irish suiciides.

Why didn’t I love this book? Household objects lost meaning. But I was surprised to find that this very dependence is what makes the novel hold sugenides so well, 25 years later. Eugenides is on solid ground with Trip Fontaine, a terrific character who electrifies the book.