Monday, December 19, 2011

the marriage plot

The Marriage PlotThe Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*note: slight spoiler*

i really liked it with sprinklings of austen, bronte, james, etc.  things i especially enjoyed:

1.) "Scientific American! Are you kidding me?"
   "What's wrong with that?"
   "This isn't science. It's journalism. It's not even peer reviewed!"

wow, as someone who works in stm publishing, this is very true. :)

2.) a character works at Gump's (totally SF, love it!)

3.) the pitch perfect ending:
"From the books you read for your thesis, and for your article-the Austen and the James and everything-was there any novel where the heroine gets married to the wrong guy and then realizes it, and then the other suitor shows up, some guy who's always been in love with her, and then they got together, but finally the second suitor realizes that the last thing the woman needs is to get married again, that she's got more important things to do with her life? And so finally the guy doesn't propose at all, even though he still loves her? Is there any book that ends like that?"

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