Friday, May 4, 2012

The Marriage Plot

Hmmm. I really didn't like The Marriage Plot.

My book club read it and even though I wasn't planning on reading it, I bought it. I read it quickly because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters, but the whole thing was pretty unsatisfying. I don't really seem to like literary fiction and this book was a perfect example of why.

The Marriage Plot is a romantic triangle between three Brown University graduates in the 1980s.

I couldn't connect with the characters in any meaningful way, and Madeleine drove me crazy.

I wasn't an English major and was so lost by all the semiotics stuff which felt like the book was telling me I wasn't quite smart enough to be reading it.

I saw The Virgin Suicides movie ages ago and really enjoyed it, so I am going to try it and give Eugenides a chance at redemption. Hopefully I'll have more favorable things to report on it.