maandag 21 juli 2014

Jeffrey Eugenides: The Marriage Plot


The Marriage Plots is Jeffrey Eugenides’ third novel.
I ordered my copy from The Book Depository. It has 406 pages.

“Brown University, 1982. Madeline Hanna, dutiful English student and incurable romantic is writing her thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot - authors of the great marriage plots. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different men, intervenes.
Leonard Bankhead, brilliant scientist and charismatic loner, attracts Madeleine with an intensity that she seems powerless to resist. Meanwhile, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus, a theology student searching for some kind of truth in life, is certain of at least one thing - that he and Madeleine are destined to be together.
But as all three leave college, they will have to figure out how they want their own marriage plot to end.”

Rather pretentious novel.
I didn't feel connected to any of it. The story goes nowhere, I hated all three main-characters, I couldn't believe in Madeline as a person and the book is very, very slow.
I didn't care for the writing either because it felt overworked, like Eugenides was trying to hard.

1 star

Happy reading.

Lazy Sunday afternoon