- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (20 May 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747514666
- ISBN-13: 978-0747514664
- Package Dimensions: 25.2 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Virgin Suicides Hardcover – 20 May 1993
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"Beautiful funny and touching
Eugenides is a skilful craftsman and a hypnotic storyteller." -- Jay McInerney
"Entire and unstoppable a sparkling work." -- The Times
"One of the finest novels in many years - a Catcher in the Rye for our time" -- Observer
"The Virgin Suicides is wonderfully original. It could prove to be the start of an important writing career." -- Independent
"one of the finest novels - I have read in many years... a wonderful mixture of amusement, wistfulness and contained grief" -- John Banville
"the term "first novel" has connotations of apprenticeship that are out of place here" -- Guardian
"the book is as light as air, and as dense; it is also quietly, slyly funny, despite its melancholy subject." -- Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
** An American classic of our time, narrating the brief lives of the five entrancing Lisbon sisters, and now a major film for 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Two generations before Cal's birth, Lefty and Desdemona are ethnic Greeks ejected from their village by the invading forces of Kemal Ataturk. They flee to America where they find themselves not quite acceptable to WASP society but very much part of the white world from the African American viewpoint. The title of the book refers, on a factual level, to the family home bought by Cal's parents on the margins of desirable middle class suburbs. It is however, fundamentally about Cal herself, who unbeknownst to anyone until her mid teens, is a genetic hermaphrodite, raised as a girl, but crossing between the poles to live in later life as the man dictated by his Y chromosome. Disclosing Cal's nature is not a spoiler, as it is revealed in the very early pages of the novel.
She only comes to centre stage, carving out her own space on the gender spectrum,in the second half. The first half is much more about the immigrant, and specifically Greek immigrant, experience in America, finding a space on the ethnic spectrum, and gradually becoming more American with each generation.Read more ›
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.
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Not captivating enough. I like the characters but sometimes after a few pages you realise nothing has actually happened.Published 21 days ago by Dagmara
The Virgin Suicides could easily have been the story of five sisters Cecilia (13), Lux (14), Bonnie (15), Mary (16) and Therese (17) who succumbed to suicide. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gayathri @Musings Over Nothing
This is the story of the lives and suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, told through the memories of the boys who lived in their street who loved them and watched them from afar. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura Pearson
Was recommended to me by band named after one of characters, Lux Lisbon. It wasn't quite the read I was expecting but I did enjoy it - but not as much as the music of the band.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read this as it was one of the books on the list of those to read that will change how you think. It was very engaging and tells the story of a Greek family from when ta couple... Read morePublished 2 months ago by catsholiday
Outstanding use of the first person for a whole group. Truly remarkable novel that manages to plumb the depths of collective consciousness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This novel has everything fiction through history and a strange story plot really enjoyed reading it. Definitely recommend it toPublished 2 months ago by Elena