by Charlotte Reads Classics
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Holiday reading: Book One
Cal, or Calliope, has to be one of my favourite narrators. What I loved most about this book was how Eugenides managed to really nail so many different perspectives. He managed men, women, Greeks, Americans, teenagers, adults, children…
The reader knows from the beginning that Cal is now living as a man (is a man), yet his teenage years as a girl attending an all girl’s school seemed so convincing – you really felt the sense of turmoil when things unfold right at the end. It is so clever: the readers know Cal for the longest as a girl, so our shock is mirrored in that of his family. And thats even with our privileged perspective.
Eugenides has taken a difficult and sensitive subject and woven it with family history and Greek culture for a really unusual and captivating novel.