2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Proofrdr » 01 May 2012, 08:54

I think I just saved myself on this one. Yesterday I checked our library's e-site and they have it in audio book form. I'm moving along swimmingly now. I enjoyed the first part because of the locale. I spent many weeks in Bursa and environs and a month in Izmir [Smyrna]. And I've live in the Greek family ethos for more than half my life, so that makes it interesting. Detroit is a little boring and, damn, he meanders far afield at times!

The fellow who is reading is doing a good job of it except when he tries to effect the Greek accent in the dialog. It sounds much more Yiddish than Greek and has made me laugh out loud a couple of times.
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Baker » 01 May 2012, 08:56

I had no idea the readers of audio books did accents!
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Proofrdr » 01 May 2012, 09:17

This one does, but I've never listened to an audio book before, so I don't know if that's de rigueur.
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Baker » 01 May 2012, 13:39

Considering how much trouble even native English speakers have with the accents of other English speakers, let alone non-native accents, this could be a recipe for mass non-comprehension. If I had to listen to someone with a Southern USA accent read anything, I doubt I'd make it past chapter one. Of course, there is also the chance for much hilarity if I heard someone trying to fake, say, a Kiwi accent.
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Proofrdr » 01 May 2012, 22:58

Some books need an accent because one is written into it, particularly if there is a narrator. When I read Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides, I heard the narrator's voice in my head through the entire book and it was a soft Southern accent. It wouldn't be right if it weren't read with a Southern accent. Another book like that is Carson McCuller's To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby wildlx » 02 May 2012, 05:08

:scratch: Proof were you thinking of Harper Lee or did you mention the right author and the wrong book e.g. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ;-)?
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Proofrdr » 02 May 2012, 05:27

Ack! This is not my day. Another mistake! I was thinking of both books, started to write Heart, then decided that Mockingbird was a better example, but neglected to change the author's name. I need an editor today.
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby wildlx » 02 May 2012, 05:30

lol
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Lt Sue » 02 May 2012, 21:51

Finished... :preen:

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is told by Cal, a hermaphrodite who was raised as a girl until adolescence. Cal tells the story of his family of Greek immigrants over three generations, weaving a tale of mythic quality that is at the same time as down-to-earth as the motor city in which they live. Like Cal, Middlesex defies classification. It is more than a sex/gender story, more than an immigrant story, more than a coming of age tale. Eugenides' superb writing and well developed characters create a novel that is large, engrossing and enjoyable.

My thoughts above...written by someone else!
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Re: 2RC2012: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Postby Lt Sue » 02 May 2012, 21:53

Baker wrote:Is anyone else having problems with how Cal the girl is portrayed? I don't mean the bits at the girls' school Sue finds so boring. Cal is reared as a girl, and we're supposed to be seeing her as a 'normal' girl until puberty rears its ugly head.


I think Callie/Cal is neither boy nor girl in voice or portrayal...
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