Does anyone know what books are related to "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides? and Why?Does anyone know what books are related to "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides? and Why?
Have you ever read a book that was so good, you couldn't put it down, but you were a little sad to see it end? As if, in reading it, you were spending quality time with a good friend, and the end of the book was like saying goodbye to that friend for a long time? Middlesex was such a book for me.
Middlesex is more than just a book about a hermaphrodite - which first and foremost - I think steers people away if that is all they know about it. I absolutely loved this book. To me, it was more of a coming-of-age story, a turn-of-the-century story of America, and a family history/culture story. Add to these labels the fact that it is magnificently written - and I put Middlesex on the shelf with some great modern classics and some other lesser-known but equally great modern literature.
First, I'd relate this book, in part, to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Angela's Ashes - though Middlesex is the least depressing of the three. All of these books deal with the difficulty of being poor and living in a big city and of the difficulties of immigration into America at the turn of the century. They are all "rags to riches" stories in a sense.
I'm also going to relate this book to one of my other all time favorite books (perhaps I am the only one who sees the connections because I liked both of them so much). Eugenides writing reminded me very much of The Brothers K by David James Duncan. Also the story of a large family and self-discovery - these two books did an equally brilliant job weaving together the lives of several main characters - both had equally complicated but perfectly complimentary plot lines.
I am very interested to see further answers to this question (perhaps it will be moved to the discussion forum).