The Virgin Suicides (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition)

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The Virgin Suicides (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition) by Jeffrey Eugenides Book Summary

The national bestseller from Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot

With a New Introduction by Emma Cline

Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.

First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters—beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys—commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death.

Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.

The Virgin Suicides (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition) (Jeffrey Eugenides) Book Reviews

BoringI made it through 30% of this book, and had to put it down. It is dreadfully boring..Score: 1/5

Overall goodBasically good book. Easy to get thru. If you plan on watching movie watch it now and not after you read..Score: 5/5

OkThe writing itself is gorgeous. The story would have appealed to me more when I was younger. I'm in my forties now so I should have read it when it came out..Score: 3/5

BoringI am an avid reader and love to read well written books. This book was pointless, boring and not well written. We are never given enough info about the girls to really care about them. We are also never given enough info about the boys and why they care so much about the girls. This had the potential to be a coming of age story for the boys, but it fell quite short. I only finished the book because I needed to finish it for a book club discussion. I found the writing tedious and too descriptive with too many run-on sentences. I thought we would eventually learn enough to care about the girls or the narrators, but that never happened. To me, this was definitely not worth the time or the cost..Score: 2/5

Unexpected SurpriseThis is a well written story outlining not only the struggles of a small suburban neighborhood trudging through a turbulent time in history, but moreover serves to examine the very essence of life itself. A book I never planned on reading has probably become one of the most important books I will ever read..Score: 5/5

The Virgin SuicidesCreepy and depressing...if you enjoy that, you will love this book!.Score: 1/5

100 Words or LessThis novel announces up front what’s going to happen and then dares the reader to continue. And the pure brilliance is that I want to, because of Eugenides’ amazing lyrical voice. There are passages hidden within the narrative that simply sing. The Virgin Suicides gives moments of beauty within the horror of lives wasted. Within the isolation of its main characters. And the vagueness of the private lives of others. And finally in the senseless unexplained deaths. The novel shies away from none of this, knowing that in the sadness of all these details is, somehow, a celebration of life..Score: 5/5

The Virgin SuicidesIf you have not yet read Middlesex, also written by Jeffrey Eugenides, you may appreciate The Virgin Suicides, his debut novel (also made into a film directed by Sophia Coppola). TVS leaves many unanswered questions and leaves the reader to rely on his or her own assumptions or imagination in order for this beautifully written book to make any sense at all. The title is seductive, as well as the narration, an anonymous pack of neighborhood teenage boys, enchanted by one family's overprotected, mysterious teen aged daughters. While the reader is left with many questions, and few answers, and the boys narrating are really grown-ups, the sadness and melancholy overwhelm the reader immersed within the lives of these teenagers in Grosse Pointe, Michigan..Score: 3/5

Definitely one of the best books ever written!!!!!This story has so much emotion and distress and at the same time the author writes it in such a nonchalant manner which makes that much more mysterious. I love it. By far one of my favorite books. Different and mysterious. This book is all about these unanswered questions and to enjoy you must go into it without any expectations or goals, just submerge yourself in the story..Score: 5/5

Great book!The last sentence overwhelms me, but in a good way..Score: 5/5

HauntinhSee title..Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenThe book is flooded with a vast array of syntax and diction that really make you read things in a new way. The story itself is very complicated and with what I thought to be an in satisfying end, but I believe that is intentional. Wonderful story but not for the feint hearted..Score: 3/5

Loved this!!!!I absolutely loved this book. I found very strong connections with the girls. I disagree that we were not given enough information. I think that perhaps readers who do not enjoy this book could not relate to the girls because of their problems and ways they acted out. To me I thought this was a great book and had an amazing plot with incredibly relatable girls..Score: 5/5

Slow and a little boring...I agree that this book was well written, and I did enjoy the detailed descriptions of 70's suburban life, but it moved to slow to keep my interest. I also agree with other reviewers who thought you never learn enough about the girls (or boys) to really know or care about them. The book seems to jump around randomly and goes into great detail about events/ characters that barely affect the plot. I found myself skimming entire pages towards the end just to get to the end and be done with it. I wish I had borrowed it from the library instead of paying for an e-version :(.Score: 2/5

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