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The Virgin Suicides: Reissued

The Virgin Suicides: Reissued - Jeffrey Eugenides (Really more of a 4.5)This book is both an elegy and a warning. It cherishes, idolizes in a way, the simpler times - when things were complex and confusing because we were still learning and not because the world is just a screwed up place... but it also serves as a prime example of why it's dangerous to linger on the past. The boys, having collected evidence - photos, items, interviews - in their pursuit of answers, have grown into men at this point and the world has moved on... but they haven't. They're still stuck, curious and confused, by these strange girls - and by the past in general. The book is, somewhat by nature, a bit oblique and while that serves to be slightly frustrating by the end, it's also a beautiful and accomplished debut in its ability to capture so many intangibles so beautifully. If you haven't read it (and I don't know how it has taken me so damn long), then you should give yourself a summer day or two and knock it out. You won't regret it.More at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-IZ