Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

Janel’s #CBR4 Review 46 The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

This book is a great portrait of college life in the 80’s- undergrads not sure what to do next and unexpected relationships.  I was disappointed with the lack of strong women characters within this book. I found Leonard annoying and Marshall complex and most interesting of all the characters. Madeline just seemed to be wasting her potential.

Eugenides really dives into psychology, religion and biology to backfill the characters and plots.  When I first started reading the book, I had a hard time getting past the psychology heavy description.

Again another book that got lots of buzz, but I had a hard time seeing the appeal and I haven’t read any of his other books.

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2 thoughts on “Janel’s #CBR4 Review 46 The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

  1. You might prefer Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides. I was a little bit disappointed by the characters in The Marriage Plot too but Eugenides’ writing is much more convincing in his other two novels.

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