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PDF º BOOK The Virgin Suicides ï The shocking thing about the girls 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 worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence the brassiere draped over aThe shocking thing about the girls 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 pers i'm gonna need a minute

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Onalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscu Once when I was 13 my father came home early from work and asked to see my yearbook It was the last day of junior high and I remember that I leaned against the kitchen counter cracking my knuckles and watched as he slowly turned the glossy pages reading all of the comments that had been written by my friends He was silent the entire time he was reading but when he finished he handed me back my yearbook and said “I loved being a teenager but I wouldn't be one now for anything in the world”I thought I was going to receive a lecture that evening but I didn't To this day I have wondered what spurred on his sudden interest in my social life and my friends Had he read an article about the rise of teen suicide? My father had been a teenager in the late 1950s; his kids became teenagers in the 1980s I can only imagine it was a very different experience for himHe was born 20 years before the author of this book Jeffrey Eugenides but they both grew up in the US in the Midwest and both of them experienced childhoods that were heavily influenced by the auto industryThey also both watched a lot of changes occur in the US not the least of these being the confusing shifts in the lives of American adolescentsAnd I wish wish WISH that my father had discovered Mr Eugenides and this UNBELIEVABLE FANTASTIC INCREDIBLY ORIGINAL debut novel before he passed because he'd have been shaking his head in a stunned disbeliefDad never knew Mr Eugenides but I do and his Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex just about knocked me out He's one hell of a writer and he seems to capture the decline of American society without judgement rant or sociological nudgeHe's a storyteller who tells his tales these deceptively simple stories that make you stop whatever you're doing curl your toes bite your nails giggle into your hands or shout HOW IS THIS YOUR DEBUT? HOW IS THIS YOUR DEBUT MR EUGENIDES?? NO SERIOUSLY HOW IS THIS YOUR DEBUT?And then he makes you cover your eyes with a cold compress and weep uietly into your pillow I don't hate you Mr Eugenides I'm sorry I'm so so sorry I don't hate you Jeffrey In fact I love you Oh I love you Jeffrey Oh Jeffrey I love you as your family looks on in horrorPeople I could write essay after essay about this book I could stick uote after uote of brilliant prose on here but all I want to do is tell you that after I finished it this evening I could only curl up in a tight ball of jealousy and awe and suck my thumb

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The Virgin SuicidesOus 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 Where to begin I have read some of the reviews of others who did not care for or get this book I admit that the plotstoryline though uniue is not what makes this story great it's the prose The writing is luminous and reads like poetry than a novel We don't even know exactly who the narrators are it is narrated in first person plural and the name and even number of narrators is left vague Eugenides uses metaphor to describe the deaths of the sisters as the disintegration of a suburban neighborhood the trees are being cut down because of the threat of Dutch Elm disease; there are dying flies everywhere that are described by the first sister to commit suicide as not even having time to eat before their lives are over There are so many themes in the story going through the layers is akin to peeling an onion The writing is so lovely that it induces a dreamlike state in the reader Everything is described so perfectly that you can not only see clearly what is being described but smell the various smells and recall with clarity everything from that time period Eugenides did not throw this book together; in my mind's eye I see him sitting at his desk turning each phrase over and over in his hands until he gets it exactly right Yet the writing is not strained at all in fact it seems to have flowed effortlessly from his pen This is a gifted writer whose work will be read for generations to come long after Eat Pray Gag is in the remainder pile Elizabeth Gilbert Chris Bohjalian Jodi Picoult Robert James Waller John Grisham read this and weep To this list I add myself since I would give anything to be able to write half as well as Eugenides As for those who look for a conventional plot line like all of the other books out there and do not find it why EXACTLY did the girls kill themselves? In the real world not everything in life can be explainedI loved the book so much that I immediately rented the movie It was awful with the exception of James Wood who nailed the part of the father beautifully