Middlesex

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides What a wonderful book. So full of life and character. It's such a masterpiece.

Middlesex feels more than just one book. It tells the story of a family over three generations, starting with the relationship of Desdemona and Lefty Stephanides. They're relationship begins during a war in which they flee to America to begin their life together. They are met with obstacles and fears but they prevail and have two children, Milton and Zoe. The story then follows along with Milton and Tessie, who then have their own kids, Chapter Eleven and Calliope, who is the narrator and main character of the novel. About halfway the book becomes heavily about Calliope's childhood.

The whole novel is being narrated by Calliope 'Cal' and some of the chapters begin with flash forwards into her/his life. I found this very interesting as a way of connecting the story to the relevant outcome of the trials of her and her family.

I loved this book. I felt connected to Callie and her family. I was anxious to keep reading. It felt real for me and this is why I liked it so much.

I thoroughly enjoyed the extensiveness of the novel in which three generations got their appearance. It reminds me of One Hundred Years of Solitude in this way and I love that book as well.

It is a long book but I would recommend it to anyone who has the time.