The Marriage Plot PDF/EPUB ä The Marriage PDF/EPUB

It's the early 1980s the country is in a deep recession and life after college is harder than ever In the cafés on College Hill the wised up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to the Talking Heads But Madeleine Hanna dutiful English major is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels As Madeleine tries to understand why it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth century France real life in the form of two very different guys intervenes Leonard Bankhead charismatic loner college Darwinist and lost Portland boy suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him At the same time her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus who's been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange resurfaces obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate Over the next year as the members of the triangle in this amazing spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods And Mitchell traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind finds himself face to face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life the existence of God and the true nature of love Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story written for today and alive to the realities of feminism sexual freedom prenups and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives


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    Pretentious I try to stay away from this word reviewing books because too many of my favorites literary novels have been called that and it hurt But The Marriage Plot is pretentious And also pompous elitist privileged and self importantI just can't quite believe that the author who managed to make stories of 5 suicidal girls and a Greek hermaphrodite so compelling could come up with something like The Marriage Plot and think it a worthy tale to tell A rich freshly graduated from Brown English major girl waffling about reading Austen and trying to get laidfall in loveget married? Really? No amount of references to English lit semiotics and philosophy can elevate this story from its tritenessI mean truly who can relate to this novel about rich people's mundane dilemmas? All these people do is show off their sophistication and education in front of each other and us readers and going through some kind of existential crises while being utterly removed from real world problems Someone on goodreads has compared The Marriage Plot to Eat Pray Love Right on the money if you ask me