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Download The Virgin Suicides Mobi õ 250 pages ½ 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 adolescThe 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 suicide isn't the happiest of topics the suicides of five sisters is even less pleasant how do you recommend a book to someone on such a grim topic? easy just read it what eugenides does so well is capture the mystery of secluded sisters as seen through the eyes of neighborhood boys this is important in reading the novel it's not necessarily the lisbon sisters' story but rather the boys' story and how the suicides affected them all the way into adulthood the boys are now men and they retell their story they've never fully recovered from the events of that year as evidenced by the carefully catalogued and numbered evidence they've collected over the years faded photographs scraps of paper newspaper clippings etc it's as though their growth and development from boys to men has been permanently stunted and it's something of a tragedy to read euginedes' use of a vague narrator allows the reader to actively participate in the mystery and confusion as the boys try to come to terms with the deaths the narrators alway refer to themselves as we and never i drawing the reader in with them we don't know who's speaking it could be any of 10 12 boys it's a particularly useful way of letting the reader experience the same gamut of emotions as the boys by the end of the book i was every bit affected the same way the boys were and are beyond the subject of suicide there's also some very insightful social commentary on how death particularly suicides affect not only specific individuals but communities as well the narrators for example notice how all the leaves went unraked during the fall after the first four sisters kill themselves there's also mention about a day of mourning and an assembly at school and one boy comments how he felt like they were supposed to feel badly for everything that ever happenedever how do adults explain suicide to children? eugenides expertly taps into what it's like to try to grapple with and understand something completely beyond understanding how do we process suicide and death? can we? should we? i don't think it's beyond reason to make comparisons to 'hamlet' or other literature where 'ghosts' figure prominently for all intents and purposes these men are still boys under the spell of five ghosts it's a thought provoking novel and one that stays with the reader well after closing its pages just as the lisbon sisters still haunt the memory of the neighborhood boys perhaps the most impressive aspect of the novel is the prose itself mr eugenides can write my copy of the book is nearly worn out from all the markings i've made there are passages that made me jump off my bed and shout at the sky his prose is as shiny as a newly minted coin it's as though every word were precisely chosen every sentence carefully constructed and i imagine they were the novel reminds the reader of the printed word's power i don't know how much eugenides got for his soul for surely there was some sort of bargain with the devil but i hope it was a hefty sum unfortunately uality literature seems to be in short supply these days however i think it's safe to say that after two books jeffrey eugenides has joined a gradually declining crop of truly great living american authors roth delillo morrison updike among a few others and is well on his way to an illustrious prolific literary career this is one of the few books i read than once each time i read it i hope to glean some insight into the 'why' of suicide yet knowning it will never be so so i'll just keep reading it over and over and try to understand just as the boys continue to congregate go over the evidence seek closure and try to become men

The Virgin SuicidesThe 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 suicide isn't the happiest of topics the suicides of five sisters is even less pleasant how do you recommend a book to someone on such a grim topic? easy just read it what eugenides does so well is capture the mystery of secluded sisters as seen through the eyes of neighborhood boys this is important in reading the novel it's not necessarily the lisbon sisters' story but rather the boys' story and how the suicides affected them all the way into adulthood the boys are now men and they retell their story they've never fully recovered from the events of that year as evidenced by the carefully catalogued and numbered evidence they've collected over the years faded photographs scraps of paper newspaper clippings etc it's as though their growth and development from boys to men has been permanently stunted and it's something of a tragedy to read euginedes' use of a vague narrator allows the reader to actively participate in the mystery and confusion as the boys try to come to terms with the deaths the narrators alway refer to themselves as we and never i drawing the reader in with them we don't know who's speaking it could be any of 10 12 boys it's a particularly useful way of letting the reader experience the same gamut of emotions as the boys by the end of the book i was every bit affected the same way the boys were and are beyond the subject of suicide there's also some very insightful social commentary on how death particularly suicides affect not only specific individuals but communities as well the narrators for example notice how all the leaves went unraked during the fall after the first four sisters kill themselves there's also mention about a day of mourning and an assembly at school and one boy comments how he felt like they were supposed to feel badly for everything that ever happenedever how do adults explain suicide to children? eugenides expertly taps into what it's like to try to grapple with and understand something completely beyond understanding how do we process suicide and death? can we? should we? i don't think it's beyond reason to make comparisons to 'hamlet' or other literature where 'ghosts' figure prominently for all intents and purposes these men are still boys under the spell of five ghosts it's a thought provoking novel and one that stays with the reader well after closing its pages just as the lisbon sisters still haunt the memory of the neighborhood boys perhaps the most impressive aspect of the novel is the prose itself mr eugenides can write my copy of the book is nearly worn out from all the markings i've made there are passages that made me jump off my bed and shout at the sky his prose is as shiny as a newly minted coin it's as though every word were precisely chosen every sentence carefully constructed and i imagine they were the novel reminds the reader of the printed word's power i don't know how much eugenides got for his soul for surely there was some sort of bargain with the devil but i hope it was a hefty sum unfortunately uality literature seems to be in short supply these days however i think it's safe to say that after two books jeffrey eugenides has joined a gradually declining crop of truly great living american authors roth delillo morrison updike among a few others and is well on his way to an illustrious prolific literary career this is one of the few books i read than once each time i read it i hope to glean some insight into the 'why' of suicide yet knowning it will never be so so i'll just keep reading it over and over and try to understand just as the boys continue to congregate go over the evidence seek closure and try to become men

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The Virgin Suicides ✓ Ous 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 Honestly I really wanted to fall in love with this I've long been aware of its status as a cult classic and many people I know as well as people I don't know but whose taste seems to correspond closely with mine have professed to adore it So I feel a bit uncomfortable about revealing that I disliked it I'll admit I have been guilty of judging people a bit if I see they've slated a book I really love and this seems to be a book that has a lot of meaning for many readers but there you go I can't help it I DO 'get' a lot of the things people love about the story the hazy filmic uality of the writing the sense of indefinable loss and nostalgia for childhood the effective use of first person plural narrative the clever structure with the obsessive boys cataloguing every shred of information they can find about the Lisbon girls and collating it into a sort of testament But I didn't get much enjoyment from reading it The tone reminded me a lot A LOT of The Lovely Bones which I also disliked and I presume this book must have been a major infuence on Alice Sebold's style Some of the descriptive language seemed identically ridiculous for example the inventory of items thrown out from the Lisbons' house including 'blankets sopped with the picnic of the girls' spilled sleep' what? I felt repulsed by a lot of it the descriptions the characters and the general ueasy atmosphere made me feel uite ill I know this is probably a part of what some appreciate but I couldn't get into it at all With the narrators seeming so odd and the Lisbon sisters so distanced from them through the way they are idolised and analysed I didn't feel a connection with anyone or anything in the storyThinking about it this also might be because the characters' everyday experiences were so completely removed from anything I remember about being a teenager so I didn't find any of it to be something I could relate to either I know you're not supposed to understand why the Lisbons killed themselves but as someone who was severely depressed and at times suicidal at that age myself it all rang so hollow to me and I couldn't shake the feeling that the book itself as opposed to just the narrators was romanticising suicide This is particularly evident in a passage towards the end discussing the girls attending a debutante party after the suicides 'they were bound for college husbands child rearing unhappiness only dimly perceived bound in other words for life' So the Lisbons got the better end of the deal I suppose by escaping from this predestined boredom and misery early? I also couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to accept that ALL THESE MEN would remain so obsessed with the Lisbon girls for the rest of their lives the bits about always thinking of Lux during sex etc Yes it's believable that being a witness to the suicides of five young sisters would haunt them for a long time but surely by middle age at least some of them would have moved past it? Surely they wouldn't still be continually fantasising about the early fumblings of a 14 year old as grown men? And if any of this is supposed to be at all romantic I just found it downright weird By the end I was so so sick of their tedious obsession Not for me Pdf Ü The Virgin Suicides à Jeffrey Eugenides

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Jeffrey Eugenides à The Virgin Suicides Doc 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