The Marriage Plot (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Marriage Plot - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Jeffrey Eugenides, David Pittu (Narrator) It's the early 1980s -- the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafes on College Hill, the wised-up kits are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot t... more »hat lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.
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.
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 is sounds like the intimate journal of our own lives.
Read by David Pittu. Unabridged: 13 sound discs (16 hr.)« less
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I'm almost finished with this book so thought I'd review it now, since Paperbackswap asked me to. I definitely want to read the whole thing, but I haven't been enjoying it nearly as much as the same author's Middlesex, which I thought was brilliant.
I found myself wondering if Jeffrey Eugenides wrote this in college or just afterwards...it was very much about that time period and carried the same kind of obsession and naivete of that time in one's life.
It's odd that all the reviews and excerpts I'd read were about one of the protagonist's time with Mother Teresa's home for the dying, and that turned out to be a very small part of the story.
I did think he did a good--relatively empathetic and accurate-seeming--job of dealing with bipolar syndrome and how it affects the patient and others.