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The Virgin Suicides made me think about what exactly the word ‘classic’ means when it comes to books spoiler: Lisbon leave the suburb never to return.

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La verdad es que me he pensado darle esta nota. Not something to read while looking for a pick me up! Lisbon withdraws the girls from school and keeps them home. And jefvrey, 25 years after its first publishing, the legacy of The Virgin Suicides itself is becoming clearer and clearer.

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Black tendrils of smoke had crept under their doors, rising up behind their studious backs to form the evil shapes smoke or shadow take on in cartoons: View all 15 comments. View all 54 comments.

He parodied Jonathan Franzen as well. People with big foreheads, or big noses. The girls actually remain a bit of a mystery to the reader partly because you never actually hear from their viewpoint.

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That is a good thing! A bullet for family abuse. Still, they tell the story. Symbolism – As the story deteriorates, so do the structures and the people. Open Preview See a Problem? After the funerals, Mr. In the bathtub, cooking in the broth of her own blood, Cecilia had released an airborne virus which the other girls, even in coming to save her, had contracted.


The first novel always announces the author’s intentions for those that come next, and Eugenides loves the themes of adolescence in all its tragic shortcomings. Armonson that it is hard being a teen age girl – When Cecilia and the boys watched as Dominic jumped off a roof – The father, and how he longed for a son, also how he is a teacher – How Cecilia always wore that old wedding dress – The way the boys made the connection of how girls feel – The setting, inwith the old clothes and records – Lux and her cigarettes – The Fence Removal – How grief affects a family – When the father throws a retainer and flushes it down the toilet – Lux’s relationship with Trip -They girls only went to school and church – When Trip talks to the father – The Dance – Isolation – Lux destorys her records – The notes and phone calls with the boys – The Distraction First read: Paramedics find Cecilia clutching a laminated photo of the Virgin Mary.

Sep 08, Jen rated it did not like it Shelves: At any rate, the memory of that night was superseded by that of Lux’s being hoisted into the EMS truck, because, despite discrepancies of times and space, it was Lux’s lips we tasted, not Clabault’s.

Is The Virgin Suicides a punk novel in that sense? In the morning, a soft oral thrush had sprouted over their tonsils. Eugenides uses metaphor to describe the deaths of the sisters as the disintegration of a subu Where to begin.


It just wasn’t my book. After winning homecoming king and queen, Trip persuades Lux to ditch the group to have sex on the school’s football field. Anyway, this is all to say that a lot has happened in the last 25 years honestly, even in the last 25 weeksand much of it has rather affected the way I view the tropes that are essential to The Virgin Suicides.

Retrieved from ” https: Jan 14, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Eugenides uses metaphor to describe the deaths of the sisters as the disintegration of a suburban neighborhood–the trees are being cut down because of the threat of Dutch Elm disease; there are dying flies everywhere that are described by the first sister to commit suicide as not even having time to eat before their lives are over. It just made me think of my role as suiccides father to my teenage daughter.

I had read Middlesex by Eugenides and thought he was a genius. The collective voice of the narrators who are voyeurs of the Lisbon family oozes with innocence of being young and sexually curious and guilt of being voyeurs who did not do anything to save the sisters.

I honestly, I don’t know.

This is a tale of the atrophy of the Lisbon family; the gradual breakdown of their tenuous lives over the course of 13 months. View all 37 comments. View all 8 comments.