- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; 01 edition (20 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007524307
- ISBN-13: 978-0007524303
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Virgin Suicides Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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The description of decay in the girls, the household and the community is so evocative.
A gripping story but probably not for those who have been affected by suicide in their own lives.
The novel opens with the attempted suicide of the youngest sister, Cecilia, who is found "like a Stoic" with bleeding wrists in the family bathtub. From this dramatic beginning, the reader is guided through the lives of the Lisbons (though from an outside perspective) as the girls are increasingly stifled by their over-protective parents in the face of a family tragedy that ultimately leads to the suicide of all five girls.
The narration style is unique as the story is told from the perspective of the Lisbon's neighbours, detailing their encounters with the mysterious creatures that they cannot fathom. We understand the girls only as the boys do - from caught glances and overheard words. They presume so much and know so little about these ethereal sisters that they seem to adore yet hardly know.
Eugenides writing is truly masterful; he manages to create a hazy atmosphere of teenage obsession with witty, albeit dark, humour. The prose is subtle yet mysterious, reflecting the nature of the novel and of the girls themselves. The language Eugenides employs sets a tone of sadness and fated tragedy as though the course events was imposible to avert.
The plot meanders through various experiences of the sisters that are examined minutely by their adolescent admirers; experiences that tell them so little of the reasons behind their eventual tragic deaths.Read more ›
I saw the film featuring Kirsten Dunst with music by the band Air around 12 years ago not long after it came out, so had an idea of what to expect.
In The Virgin Suicides, the five Lisbon sisters are infamous among the boys in their town. Ethereal, enigmatic beauties they intrigue, intice and arouse those boys, who are desperate to know them and their lives.
The tale is told by those local boys, now grown up who reflect on that period of time, those girls and what it all meant in such as manner as if they are writing a biography or notes on an exhibition. Photographs are referred to as if they are visible to the reader which they aren't as well as news articles, again not featured and articles of the girls clothing.
The story of the fascination with the Lisbon sisters began before the first suicide attempt with boys daring each other to steal the girls bras and makeup. Their notoriously strict mother has created an intense prison for her daughters since they hit puberty and they are rarely seen alone or out of the house besides at school which only serves to add to their mystique.
When the youngest Cecelia only 13, attempts suicide, fails, but quickly thereafter succeeds, the chain of events that engulfs her sisters is chronicled by the watching neighbourhood boys.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Five sisters. One suburbian household. Five suicides. And boys being boys, fantasizing about things they don't know. I have read this book twice and cherish it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mari.reiza
I had expected The Virgin Suicides to be some sort of outstanding literature, given that since my early teens I'd heard it hailed as Outstanding Literature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. E. Horsley
This is such a weird, weird novel. And why wouldn’t it be? The story of five sisters, each committing suicide one after the other, isn’t one that screams normal. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lily Calder
I love it! It smells really bad though, which is weird. But it's a great book!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having recently read Middlesex which I thoroughly enjoyed, I wanted to read another novel by the author. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lin Davidson
Terrific read, possibly even better than Middlesex. Deeply moving and thought provoking. Well worth reading and will stick with mePublished 11 months ago by pfjacoustic
I found this novel intriguing and hard to put down. It is beautifully written with extraordinarily complex characters. I shall most probably read it again.Published 12 months ago by caelo