During one of my visits, I was browsing through the aisles looking for Jeffrey Eugenides' Virgin Suicides. But, alas! Someone had it on a loan and so I settled on the next best thing -- Middlesex.
|Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex|
Middlesex tells the story of a man named Cal Stephanides, who started life as Calliope. His is not an easy and simple transition for in order for us to understand this turn of events -- of why a beautiful girl decided to live out her remaining days as a man, -- Cal takes us back to 2 generations past, from her married grandparents who, by the way, are also brother and sister. Talk about twisted family ties!
Middlesex is a very interesting read that tries to answer the question of nature versus nurture. Are we products of what nature has concocted us to be or are our personalities developed through our interactions with the people around us?
I'd usually veer away from reading award-winning novels, because truth be told, I never considered myself an academic, nor do I aspire to be so. I was raised treating books as a magical place where I can escape reality, no weird or too heavy stuff mind you. But with Middlesex, a Pulitzer Prize awardee, I happily make an exception.
To someone who studied Psychology, this is a fascinating read since most of the events and coincidences in Cal's tale make him truly such a remarkable case study. Very fascinating!