Middlesex

A Novel

Paperback, 529 pages

English language

Published Dec. 3, 2002 by Picador.

ISBN:
9780312422158

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4 stars (13 reviews)

A unique coming of age story. While the main character in this novel is dealing with gender identity issues the main focus of this brilliantly written story is the confusion we all face as we grow into the person we were meant to be. The reader finds himself identifying with the main character's experiences. This is a brilliantly written story. The prose is honest in a way that few authors dare to write. Every word, every action, every thought, is symbolic of the common human experience.

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Review of 'Middlesex' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

www.goodreads.com/review Pasa mucho lo de no haber oído en tu vida sobre un tema y que de pronto aparezca por todos lados. Me pasó cuando leí "La cocinera de Himmler", que de pronto el genocidio armenio (sí, ese mismo que tiene ahora en jaque las relaciones diplomáticas entre Turquía y el Vaticano) salía por todos lados. En esta ocasión es el tema de los intersexuales. Tal vez no hubiera oído del tema porque antes se les llamaba hermafroditas. "Middlesex" es, en parte, la historia de una persona intersexual. Pero no sólo eso. Es un repaso a la familia Stephanides, desde la huída de la quema de Esmirna por los turcos en 1922 hasta el momento actual.



Desdémona y Lefty son hermanos. Viven en Grecia en un momento en el que la guerra con Turquía hace que las cosas no sean fáciles. Pero además, Desdémona y Lefty están enamorados el uno …

Review of 'middlesex' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Oof, I haven't reviewed this one either? It's been even longer since I've read most of this one. Goodness.This book...what can you say about a book like this? It's an epic - Calliope sheepishly admits to her intentions right off the bat, but she fulfills them well - spanning four(ish) generations, and a wide range of cultures, subjects, and individuals. It makes for a packed book, but at over 500 pages, there is ample room for everything that ends up packed in here.As the title not-so-subtly implies, this book features, and is narrated by, Cal(liope) - an intersexed individual who, having transitioned from female to male, writes a retrospective of her family - not just his parents, but his grandparents, and even great-grandparents, tracing his ancestry - and the genetic mutation that made him who he is - back to its roots in Greece.But this book is not about an …

Review of 'middlesex' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Oof, I haven't reviewed this one either? It's been even longer since I've read most of this one. Goodness.This book...what can you say about a book like this? It's an epic - Calliope sheepishly admits to her intentions right off the bat, but she fulfills them well - spanning four(ish) generations, and a wide range of cultures, subjects, and individuals. It makes for a packed book, but at over 500 pages, there is ample room for everything that ends up packed in here.As the title not-so-subtly implies, this book features, and is narrated by, Cal(liope) - an intersexed individual who, having transitioned from female to male, writes a retrospective of her family - not just his parents, but his grandparents, and even great-grandparents, tracing his ancestry - and the genetic mutation that made him who he is - back to its roots in Greece.But this book is not about an …

Review of 'Middlesex' on Goodreads

4 stars

Oof, I haven't reviewed this one either? It's been even longer since I've read most of this one. Goodness.This book...what can you say about a book like this? It's an epic - Calliope sheepishly admits to her intentions right off the bat, but she fulfills them well - spanning four(ish) generations, and a wide range of cultures, subjects, and individuals. It makes for a packed book, but at over 500 pages, there is ample room for everything that ends up packed in here.As the title not-so-subtly implies, this book features, and is narrated by, Cal(liope) - an intersexed individual who, having transitioned from female to male, writes a retrospective of her family - not just his parents, but his grandparents, and even great-grandparents, tracing his ancestry - and the genetic mutation that made him who he is - back to its roots in Greece.But this book is not about an …

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Subjects

  • Greek Americans -- Fiction.
  • Gender identity -- Fiction.
  • Hermaphroditism -- Fiction.
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