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Ily secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction Lyrical and thrilling Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American ep. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cin matographiue narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his complex incestuous family history from the origins of her grandparents as Greeks fleeing Smyrna as the Turks invade to Detroit from the 20s up to the 70s The narrative time shifts between his life as a 41 year old man Cal to this running family history written in a witty humorous style which I found fun and engaging The text ingeniously woven together from history and science with many recurrent themes silkworms Greek orthodox beliefs and practices guilt and redemption etc I couldn t put this book down This is the only Eugenides book I have read but it will definitely check out his other booksAn interesting sidenote trying to explain the book daddy is reading to my 7yo daughter and my 10yo son I was able to painlessly explain why brothers and sisters cannot get married a very common kid s uestion and even reproductive functions in a painless and intuitive way since Callie has organs of both sexes but the penis zizi in kid s French is inside her vagina zezette she cannot have babies and will never menstruate clean the house where the baby can live She also has too many male hormones to develop breasts which happens about the same time or just before menstruation This deformation was the improbable result of the union of a brother and sister two generations back Nature wants to ensure a varied gene pool and thus it is better to seek love outside one s own family This explanation seemed to satisfy both of them UPDATE Great recent article at good housekeepingcom Service Book ... of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, born twice first as a Look Again baby girland then again as a teenage Alle vi børn i Bulderby. De første historier om alle vi børn i Bulderby boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the Il piacere nel Medioevo book as a running theme as the cin matographiue narrator Cal looks Drunk on the Moon between his life as a 41 year old man Cal to this running family history written in a witty humorous style which I found fun and engaging The text ingeniously woven together from history and science with many recurrent themes silkworms Greek orthodox Der ganze weg beliefs and practices guilt and redemption etc I couldn t put this Rich Habits Poor Habits book down This is the only Eugenides El Metal book I have read The Ichneutae of Sophocles, with Notes and a Translation Into English, Preceded by Introductory Chapters Dealing with the Play, with Satyric Drama, an but it will definitely check out his other Kana Pict-o-Graphix booksAn interesting sidenote trying to explain the Sienkiewicz. Żywot pisarza book daddy is reading to my 7yo daughter and my 10yo son I was able to painlessly explain why TFS Ingenuity (The Terran Fleet Command Saga brothers and sisters cannot get married a very common kid s uestion and even reproductive functions in a painless and intuitive way since Callie has organs of Wybor idiomów angielskich both sexes How Could She? but the penis zizi in kid s French is inside her vagina zezette she cannot have Words on Words babies and will never menstruate clean the house where the Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, baby can live She also has too many male hormones to develop Half My Blood (Dartmoor, breasts which happens about the same time or just Ja - Ty - My before menstruation This deformation was the improbable result of the union of a Diamond Grill brother and sister two generations The Poisoned Honey Cake (Roman Mystery Scrolls, back Nature wants to ensure a varied gene pool and thus it is Katyně better to seek love outside one s own family This explanation seemed to satisfy Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods both of them UPDATE Great recent article at good housekeepingcom

Review Middlesex

Essing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe Michigan To understand why Calliope is not like other girls she has to uncover a guilty fam. Alright it s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpieceBeing a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science I find the premise of this novel to be incredibly interesting5 Reductase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder autosomal meaning that the gene coding for 5 Reductase is not located on a sex chromosome X or Y and recessive meaning that one would need two copies of a mutated form of the gene in order to express the disease trait Since we as a biological species inherit one copy of every gene from each of our parents it would not be enough to have only one mutated form of this gene because a single good copy is all that s reuired for proper function Because of this the proper functioning gene is considered to be completely dominant over the mutated form in terms of phenotypic expressionHere is a Punnett suare showing basic concepts of Mendelian genetics Each form of the gene is called an allele B represents the dominant allele or the healthy gene form b represents the recessive allele If both parents are phenotypically normal the only way they would be able to have any offspring with this disease is if they were both carriers meaning they each have one dominant and one recessive allele In this way they are said to be heterozygous for this trait the genotype of which is represented as Bb For any child they conceive there would exist a 25% chance of that child inheriting two recessive alleles This is referred to as being homozygous recessive the genotype of which is represented as bb Only homozygous recessive children will express the diseaseSince the protagonist of this novel has unluckily inherited both recessive alleles one from each of his parents he ends up with the disorder So what is this disorder exactly The 5 Reductase gene codes for an enzyme which converts testosterone into a potent sex steroid called dihydrotestosterone or DHT which plays a fundamental role in the formation of the male sex organs Since disease subjects do not have the ability to convert testosterone into DHT they end up with too much testosterone and not enough DHT which in some cases leads to the formation of ambiguous genitaliaThese ambiguous genitalia form one of the many but probably the most interesting subjects of the novel The author begins by tracing the history of these recessive alleles back through the family lineage before elegantly leading us to the budding of the protagonist s crocus his ambiguous little penis stub yes you should click there and yes you should see that movie Perhaps not surprisingly the historical tracing reveals some ancestral inbreeding as well And since the protagonist is still genotypically male even though he doesn t know it and neither do his parents or anybody else the real fun begins when he enters pubertyWhen I met with my book club to talk about this fantastic novel a few pronoun choices were used for describing the protagonist he she he she it etc But all joking aside the protagonist is male He is male by genotypic definition he has two healthy sex chromosomes one of which is a Y and he sexually identifies himself as male which is consistent with other real life sufferers of 5 Reductase deficiency

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Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition era Detroit witn. Don t judge a book by its coverI d seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers so I decided to pick it up The title Middlesex suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship and a uote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty part Ishmael So I came to the foolish conclusion that this was some 19th century English seafaring novel TypicalI couldn t have been wrongMiddlesex is the story of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but discovered in her adolescence that she is actually Cal than Calliope More specifically Middlesex the title takes on a new meaning now is the story of three generations of a Greek family and the incestuous genetic and social history that enables the existence of Cal who narrates the storyThe novel is epic It spans nearly a century and traces the Stephanides family from battle torn Greece and Turkey in the 1920s across an Atlantic voyage from the street corners of Detroit through World War II and out to the suburban haven of Grosse Pointe Michigan The novel incorporates details upon details from all different spheres of life dropping name brands from different time periods and regions and incorporating specialized jargon from a wide range of fields Jeffrey Eugenides must have done an immense immense amount of research during the writing process And the scope is as broad as the focus is often narrow Over the course of 20th century the Stephanides family responds to and participates in political social and cultural movements and through them we feel not only the sweep of a small Greek enclave but also the sweep of a nation s growth as it engages Prohibition World War II the idealism of the 50s the revolutions of the 60s and 70s and The story is as much about the conflicts within a country as it is about a family trying to face its secrets past and present Through it all Cal as a narrator is clever and endearing A story about a hermaphrodite sounds unfamiliar to most at first and there are moments in the novel when Cal faces the visceral or fearful reactions that arise in those prone to fear But from page one Eugenides clears the air setting us on a fresh foundation and we discover a character who faces familiar childhood and adolescent trials and tribulations we discover the humanity of a character one might otherwise find alienated elsewhere Do I recommend it Yes It s a good tale for the modern age Would I teach it Not likely At 527 pages it s just too long Lasting impression Epic I ll remember it for the incredible depth and breadth of knowledge it demonstrates This novel impresses upon me the amount of research that an author must do to prepare for a serious work


About the Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and short story writer of Greek and Irish extractionEugenides was born in Detroit Michigan of Greek and Irish descent He attended Grosse Pointe's private University Liggett School He took his undergraduate degree at Brown University graduating in 1983 He later earned an MA in Creative Writing from Stanford UniversityIn



10 thoughts on “Middlesex

  1. says:

    I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn’t keep me from this night’s rest I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I surveyed the apartment and discovered the source the commode and the area around it were covered in yuc

  2. says:

    Don't judge a book by its coverI'd seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers so I decided to pick it up The title Middlesex suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what

  3. says:

    “I was born twice first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again as a teenage boy in an emergenc

  4. says:

    Alright it’s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpieceBeing a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I’ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science I find the premise of this novel to be incredibly interesting5α Reducta

  5. says:

    This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it An interesting idea and a few engrossing sex scenes I like the crocus and the peep tank and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me in completely and a nice two pages toward t

  6. says:

    Exactly the flawless masterpiece you've heard it is I've read hundreds of novels in my day this is in the top 3 On eual shelf with A Confederacy of Dunces Blonde My own personal trifecta perfecta The THE the best novels of

  7. says:

    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running the

  8. says:

    This isn’t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I

  9. says:

    This is a book about transitionTransition from child to adult to parent and grandparentFrom native to immigrantFrom brother and sister to husband and wifeFrom rural dweller to urbaniteFrom modest affluence to poverty and up againFrom loving language to losing the power of speechFrom geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrestFrom belief to unbeliefFrom rescued to rescuerFrom moral probity to corruption and crimeOh and one chara

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    Some people inherit houses; others paintings or highly insured violin bows Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name I got a recessive gene on my fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeedLet me say first that Jeffrey Eugenides is an extraordinary storyteller Why I’ve waited so long to read one of his books is beyon

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