Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Rating: So So
Difficulty: Normal
Pages: 249
In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters--beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys--commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, "The Virgin Suicides" is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.
Sorry i've been gone so long but The Virgin Suicides really took me a long time! This is the story of the five Lisbon sisters, it is a compilation of evidence about them and their descent towards their demise. It is told from one of the boys who witnessed the sisters' slow disenegration and felt the overwhelming obsession that came with knowing the mysterious Lux, Mary, Therese Bonnie and Cecilia. Part fact, part hear say, the book is actually quite eerie and scary- down to the little details about Lux's inhibited sex life and the mystery behind the first suicide of Cecilia. Now the reason why i gave it a "so so" rating is just the smiple fact that it really does move kind of slow. It's very anti-climatic but I guess it's the whole subtly of the story that makes it good. It's not a total bomb because like i said, it's just creepy and at some points you can almost see yourself watching these girls and there strange lifestyles but it does tend to move at a sluggish pace. If your interested in the subject of suicide or mysterious deaths this would be a grat book to read and if you already saw the movie it might be some good behind the story reading!

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