The Virgin Suicides: Reissued Paperback – 3 Oct 2011
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'One of the finest novels in many years - a Catcher in the Rye for our time' (Observer)
'Wonderfully original' (Independent)
'One of the finest novels - I have read in many years... a wonderful mixture of amusement, wistfulness and contained grief' (John Banville)
'Entire and unstoppable... a sparkling work' (The Times)
Choreographed with daunting measures of menace and grace, this elegiac celebration of beauty, philosophical acceptance, youthful longing and lasting regret remains one of the finest literary debuts of all (Eileen Battersby Irish Times 2011-11-19)
The international bestseller, reissued to coincide with the publication of The Marriage PlotSee all Product description
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It's no secret that it's dark and the subject matter is clear from the title but the story is interesting and written endearingly by the neighbours of the girls, watching them from afar. This makes the story more believable, at least I couldn't imagine it working as well in a first person narrative or from an unknown detached narrator.
While the story is famously morbid, there is humour and heart throughout and it is an enjoyable read and not as heavy as you might expect.
Eugenides prose are out of this world; exceptional and compelling. It's almost reads like poetry, in an unable to step away from the pages style.
The anonymity of the narrators is vague yet spark familiarity and the descriptions, prose and metaphors are both vivid and dreamy all at once.
This novel is carefully crafted, on every level, from the setting of the scenes, the descriptions of the suicides, the minimal dialogue of the characters, to the reminiscent journey questioning the reason behind the deaths.
This book is so picturesque in its language, it feel is like an easy read, this book is anything but simple. This boom has become one of my fat favourites.
I enjoyed the book so much though that I feel upset it is finished and am going to struggle to decide what to read next.
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