The Virgin Suicides is the third book I read after Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot and Middlesex. I can happily say that the author doesn’t have a book I don’t like. Although this book a great book, I think my favourite will always be The Marriage Plot. Maybe because it was my first Eugenides book, or maybe I read it at the right time.
A Great Narrative
The Virgin Suicides was a book that I did not read in spite of its popularity. Although I am a fan of Sofia Coppola, I didn’t watch the movie as well. So as soon as I finished the book, I watched the movie and closed The Virgin Suicides file. Now I can talk about Eugenides peacefully! Aside from his stories, the narrative of the author is so beautiful that I can read whatever he writes. But, of course, I’ve lost myself on the first few pages of the book as the stories are as excellent as the narration.
Eugenides is telling the tragic suicides of the five sisters through a great narrator. You will read about the drama of the Lisbon family, the feelings of young men who love these girls, how to be a young girl; and understand every one of these topics. The only thing you won’t understand will be the deaths of these young girls. This is a great book, I recommend it to everyone. I recommend watching the movie after finishing the book. It’s an excellent one!
About the book: The Virgin Suicides
Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters – beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood. The boys that once loved them from afar are now grown men, determined to understand a tragedy that has always defied explanation. For still, the question remains – why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives? This hypnotic and unforgettable novel treats adolescent love and death with haunting sensitivity and dark humour and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.
About the author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot.