Oct 16, Gerald rated it it was amazing Masterful on many levels. Each seemed deeply flawed, and they are. Except you read along and find that Eugenides thinks we all are, just as deeply in our unique ways, and are none the lesser for it. This is a literary novel, in the best sense, and I was surprised to read some critics cramming it into the diminutive genre "campus novel.
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But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. Leonard Bankhead—charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy—suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him.
Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.
Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?
With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by FSG to great acclaim in , and he has received numerous awards for his work.
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Summary[ edit ] The story concerns three college friends from Brown University —Madeleine Hanna, Leonard Bankhead, and Mitchell Grammaticus—beginning in their senior year, , and follows them during their first year post-graduation. During the course of the novel she is concerned with the writing of her undergraduate thesis, which revolves around the concept of "the marriage plot" in the 19th century novel. She is also ensnared in a love triangle of sorts with classmates, Leonard Bankhead and Mitchell Grammaticus. Following graduation they move to Cape Cod where Leonard takes up postgraduate work in a biology lab. It is also noted that Leonard suffers from Bi-Polar disorder and this informs many of his actions and thought processes throughout.
The Marriage Plot
The books are far apart in quality, too. Like a myth, the novel imposes its own logic. In telling the story of five teenage sisters who kill themselves under the rapt gaze of the neighborhood boys, Eugenides showed a willingness to push to extremes, and the skill to bring it off once he got there. In making these judgments, of course — the novel was a huge best seller and a Pulitzer Prize winner, to boot — I am joining a minority of perhaps no more than one. But I found the whole thing utterly unpersuasive. Instead of three generations, it presents us with three characters, college students leaving Brown in , the year before Eugenides did: Madeleine Hanna, a beautiful, uncertain WASP; Leonard Bankhead, her sometime boyfriend, brilliant, brooding, charismatic, poor; and Mitchell Grammaticus, authorial surrogate, a Greek from Grosse Pointe, Mich.
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For so funny a writer, The Marriage Plot is not very funny, and for so daring a one it is not very daring. It is just, not quite, a great novel, being a little too conventional for that. The "marriage plot" itself is its flimsiest suit. Its main success is the extended depiction of the three young figures on the cusp of adulthood, grappling with the wider world, and the oddly stressful weightlessness of a phase before life hardens and takes shape. Or have we been forever diverted by the conceits of literary modernism and its attendant disruptions of narrative form?