Middlesex

Middlesex

Audiobook CD - 2002
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In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them--along with Callie's failure to develop--leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all
Publisher: New York, NY : Audio Renaissance, p2002
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781593977344
1593977344
Characteristics: 17 sound discs (ca. 21 hrs.) : digital, Dolby processed
Additional Contributors: Tabori, Kristoffer

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bnotash70 Jun 12, 2014

Excellent. The writing, the history, the subject ( so unusual, but made so personally understandable )matter, the characters---I enjoyed listening to this audiobook from the start to finish. The comments that others have written before me say it all!

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queensgirl1963
Feb 16, 2014

This was my second time around with this book. The audiobook version was magnificent. Kristofer Taborri narration was so well done, at times I could hear my own grandmothers voice in Desdemona. I enjoyed the historical look of Detroit from prohibition through the 70's but most of all loved all of the references to being a Greek American.

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Sonia604599
Jan 16, 2013

I picked this book because it was from Oprah's book club. Now I know why it was picked by Oprah. It is very well written not only as a novel but as a book to teach reader somethings. I learned about history of Detroit and US as well we historic imigration movement of Greek to North America. However these are side materials that I learned. The major victory of this book is about opening a window toward people who are essentially neglected in the society while they have all the rights to have normal life like others and be accpepted, separate than their gender complexity.

librarylizzard Dec 28, 2012

Despite Eugenides' status as a local hero of sorts I never did rush to read any of his novels. Now I'm asking myself "why did I wait so long?" Middlesex was a real treat. I enjoyed that the story reached all the way back to the main character's grandparents' immigration to America, and the backstory was set up superbly. My only complaint would be that at times I found myself wanting to get back to the present time and real more about Cal, who was simply fascinating as a narrator. The blunt honestly of the book was another plus for me. It was both comic and serious, and a story that I believe will appeal to a wide range of open-minded readers.

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SuzeParker
Oct 10, 2012

Middlesex has been sitting on my bookshelf for several years. I kept picking it up, then putting it back and selecting something else. Frankly, the subject matter intimidated me. I somehow thought the book would be either immensely depressing or focused on over-the-top sexual issues. I was wrong on both counts. While Cal's ambiguous sexuality is, by necessity, a central theme of the book, this ambitious tome also is about history, culture and family influences. It progresses, without losing steam or the reader's interest, from the 1922 Turkish invasion of Greece, Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II and the 1960s race riots to the early 2000s, following three generations of the Stephanides family. Along the way, as the central character narrates, plenty of can-do American spirit, old-world customs and humor infuse the story as Cal retraces the decisions of his forebears that made him who he is. Few authors could have written this story, let alone do it so effectively. Immensely creative, often touching and far more upbeat than expected. Middlesex is likely to become a classic.

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nhanla
Dec 21, 2009

I highly recommend this audio book for anyone who's looking for a fictional novel that's rich in foreign culture (in this case, Greek), history of immigration to America in the 20th century, generation gap, gender identity, great entertainment (the reader did a superb job), wonderful literature... a masterpiece in my opinion!

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