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21 January 2011 @ 10:00 pm
The Virgin Suicides  
In 2009 (I think) I started writing short reviews for the books I was reading but I stopped for no reason. I thought it was really fun ! I remember it led me to talk about those books in details with some of my friends here. So I thought I could try to do that again, maybe ?

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides



(This is not my cover but I can't find a proper image and I like this one better !)


I decided to finally read that novel which I had had on my bookshelves for years (to be honest, on the back of my copy of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, it is said that the book can be compared to The Secret History and The Virgin Suicides so I decided to see if I agreed !). It's typically one of those books you start reading knowing they're considered as classics and even masterpieces. And this is exactly what it felt like to me.
The right word for it is bewitching. The narrator is a young neighbour who was spying on the girls. He shares his fascination and he seems almost oblivious to the disturbing and creepy quality of the narration and the story. He constantly goes back and forth, from the present to the past, before and after the suicides. The narration is made up of evidences and various elements of the investigation he and his friends did after the deaths. He focuses on details which gives an impression of mystery.
You're going to laugh at this but : it's not a fun book to read! I'm not sure readers generally feel that way towards the book but I thought it was a really "heavy" book in the sense that everything about it seems so dark and suffocating.

I really loved it (it wasn't much of a surprise!). I'm really looking forward to read Middlesex now. I knew right away while reading this one that I would read his other novel. I thought his writing was quiet and peaceful (trying to contain the tragic quality of the story in a way) and then, sometimes, a few words would shine and I would stop to read them again. 

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It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house, with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, where we will never find the pieces to put them back together.


Have you read it too ? What did you think ? (Or maybe Middlesex ?)
I hope this wasn't too boring !

While I'm on the subject of books, I found that great article about the Most Anticipated Books of 2011. It's a great idea ! I noticed Marisha Pessl and Stefan Merrill Block but it looks like there are other interesting book to check out as well.

Have a nice weekend !
 
 
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Anafreeze_tag on January 21st, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful review. I'm so curious now. I love havig time on my hands to check new books out and I'm adding this one to my list (which is already too huge to mention).

Hope you have a great weekend, too!
Morganereveparisien on January 25th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh ! Thank you very much ! I'm so glad you liked it !!! You should most definitely read this one when you have some time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves literature.

I had a boring weekend spend studying... I hope yours was much more exciting !
.gauloise on January 21st, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved this reviw! What a great idea :D
The Virgin Suicides is one of those books that taught me a novel can be so much more than a story. The way it's written is so unique and beautiful. The attention to detail on specific objects is really captivating. And mirrored with the darkness that permeates the book, it just works so well!

Have you seen the film directed by Sophia Copolla? It's really amazing.
Morganereveparisien on January 25th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you Maeve ! I'm so glad you do ! Thanks for saying so. Maybe I'll start doing this regularly then ?!
You are so right in everything you say. We do have the same tastes in books too !

Yes, I have. I saw it years ago and now that I've read the book, I really want to see it again. I have a great memory of it !
Kelle: aiden4kels450 on January 22nd, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
I absolutely love reading your book reviews - you always make me want to read more! :D
Morganereveparisien on January 25th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Kelle for saying so ! I was scared this entry would be boring ! I'm so glad you liked it !
crystal_spirescrystal_spires on January 22nd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
i loved this book when i read it first (must have been aged 16 or so) - really enjoyed reading your review, i must go back and read it again! i find that one's opinion of books changes as you get older!
Morganereveparisien on January 25th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much Laura ! I agree about your perception of certain books changing over the years ! It should be fun for you to read it again now and see it in a different way.
GUINVRla_guinevere on January 24th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
my friend has read middlesex and she loves it! i'm intending to read it too :D
Morganereveparisien on January 25th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh great !! Thanks ! It's on my list too :)