What I Read – The Marriage Plot

Posted by danielle on February 21st, 2013. Filed under: Books, Recent Posts.

When I first read the synopsis for this book, I wasn’t impressed. It sounded a lot like chick lit. Don’t get me wrong, it is a genre I adore, but I expect so much more from Jeffery Eugenides. He’s responsible for two of my favourite books: The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, and since those are the only two novels he’s published, I was anticipating something epic with The Marriage Plot.

After reading the novel, I can tell you, it was not epic, and seemed a lot like chick lit.

The story centers around Madeline, an English major with a keen interest in the marriage themes in classic English literature. After college graduation she is finds herself in a love triangle with two of her former classmates. One is brilliant, but intense and struggles with mental illness, while the other is more spiritual, grounded, and pines for her from afar. The narrative follows the three though their first year after graduation from their ivy league college in the early 1980s.

If this had been written by anyone else, I would not have been just a little bit disappointed. Although this was a actually great novel, it just wasn’t extraordinary like his other stories. It was still enjoyable to read though, but if you’re a fan of Jeffrey Eugenides, you’ll find it’s not quite the kind of book you’d expect.

2 Responses to What I Read – The Marriage Plot

  1. shoko

    yes, i had a similar reaction! it was not at all what i expected! i will say, middlesex was quite a hard act to follow… 🙂

  2. Renae

    Hey! Great that you loved the sweater bracelets. Now I have to figure out how they are made. Should be too hard. Many have either loved or loathed these sweaters. I am glad they are honest, huh? Thanks for the info on the book. Thanks. I love to avoid yuk. hahahahaha.

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