Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Virgin Suicides

First line : ‘On the morning the last Lisbon girl took her turn at suicide – it was  Mary this time…….’
The Virgin Suicides is a non-fiction by Jeffery Eugenides. The story tells about the life of five Lisbon girls who end their lives by suicide. The story is narrated by the Lisbon’s neighbourhood boys who were in infatuation with the Lisbon girls.

Even though the climax was revealed in the first line, the author made me to read the full book at one go. The book was rich in its description. Jeffrey brought the transformation of Lisbon’s house after Cecilia’s death live before my eyes.

The book is the collection of the things which the nearby people know about Lisbon girls. This also contains the views of various experts about this suicide pact. This book made me to think deeply about the reason which forces the person to suicide. In the case of Lisbon girls I think they were trying to free themselves from this world to live a new life in some other world which they alone can see.

On the whole the book is dark. 


5 comments:

mywordlyobsessions said...

I've heard only good things about Eugenides and had no idea 'Virgin Suicides' was one of his books!

Another fellow blogger was waxing lyrical about the audiobook version of 'Middlesex', but this one is right up my street.

My books have to be a bit deranged, and a bit morbid lol!

Excellent review by the way. I'm definitely going to be following your updates.

mywordlyobsessions said...

I absolutely agree with you. 'Magnum Opus' indeed. I'm totally gutted she hasn't written another novel.

Gaby @ Starting Fresh said...

I'd read Middlesex but this sounds even more interesting to me. Thanks for the review.

Thanks for visiting Starting Fresh, Selva. I like your blog -- the background is adorable!

Gaby

Small Books 4 Big World said...

This is one of my all-time favorite books of all time!!!

Melissa

Crown of Laures said...

I loved ths book from beginning to end and I thought your review was great. I'll keep a lookout for updates :)