27 November 2009 ~ 1 Comment

(Audiobook) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


I watched this movie several years ago, wasn’t really sure how I felt about. I read the book and again, was still kind of torn. Having said that, the story has stayed with me. That’s pretty significant because I forget story lines and plots and characters and entire books a lot of time. Heck, I can be half way through a book and realize “oh yeah, he dies in a fire at the end!”. So, the sheer fact that the story stayed with me, must mean it affected me in some way.

Someone offered to let me listen to the audiobook and I thought “why not”. So this particular review is about the audiobook… I won’t go into the plot because you can read that on your own, but it still left me wondering “well, then, why?”. This time, it was read by a wonderful male narrator, he really did a lot to remind me that this book is about the girls, but it’s told by the boys. I think looking at it from that perspective changed what I thought of the book. I always wanted to know more about the girls and why they did what they did and the mother and father… but…

What about the boys? They are telling this 20 or so years after the suicides, yet they still seem to be obsessed with the girls, they think of them often (even, apparently, during intimate times with their own wives/girlfriends). It makes me wonder if the author was making a statement about men in general or just how things that happen in adolescence shape who we are today. Or maybe it was just convenient because he basically killed off everyone else? *laugh*

But it did make me look at it different. I still think there’s too many open holes, but ya know… the boys were young and who really knows what drives someone to suicide anyway. Sometimes, we just never know and maybe that’s the point here.

I do think this is probably one of those “must read” books, especially in a book club and especially if you like modern fiction. I will say that I read Middlesex and wasn’t impressed, but I think it’s unfair to compare books by the same author (although we all do it). Read this one. It has a lot going on.

This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence.

The five Lisbon sisters are brought up in a strict household, and when the youngest kills herself, the oppression of the remaining sisters intensifies. As Therese, Mary, Bonnie, and Lux are pulled deeper into isolation by their domineering mother, a group of neighborhood boys becomes obsessed with liberating the sisters. But what the boys don’t know is, the Lisbon girls are beyond saving.


One Response to “(Audiobook) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides”

  1. Karen Avivi 24 July 2013 at 8:16 am Permalink

    Great review! I belong to audible and listen to audiobooks when driving. I tend to listen to non-fiction and read fiction, but some novels are enhanced in the audio version, and this sounds like one of them. I’m adding it to my wish list.

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