Friday, February 2, 2007

Virgin Post

My name is
Mrs Big Dubya, and I volunteered to facilitate a discussion about Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides. I've never facilitated such a discussion before -- so, please be gentle with me.

Some housekeeping....
Who else is reading it?
How much time do you think is reasonable?

I plan to read it pretty quickly and pass it off to Hubby so that I can start reading the other book.... from what I can tell, it's about Lions and Tigers and Bears -- Oh My!.

Anyway, the copy I have is 5 chapters, 249 pages of fairly large print. I'm on chapter 3 already, so..... I think we can get through it fairly quickly. Today is Friday, February 2nd.... Can everyone have Ch's 1, 2 &3 read for the 9th and the rest for the 16th? That's a total stab, so if people have other ideas..... please pipe in.

Thoughts on Chapters One & Two:
Not entirely deep or literary (my thoughts, not the book), the first two chapters really make me think about what goes through a town's collective mind when tragedy strikes. The kids, the neighbors, the clergy -- even within the family there seems to be a loss on how to offer comfort.

I'm also constantly reminded of Great Expectations -- not sure if it's the ratty wedding dress, the filth of the house or just the madness of grief. (My high school English teacher would be so proud!).


Andie D. said...

Haven't started Virgin Suicides yet, but have already read Pi, so plan to soon.

I think I can get through the the first 3 chapters in a week, and the rest by the 16th. Maybe.

cape buffalo said...

I will be reading it (I'm picking it up today, I SWEAR!) and I'll try to have it finished by the 16th :)

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I got it yesterday. I'm hoping to start reading it on Monday.

Surviving Motherhood said...

I have had to order both the books from Amazon as it's kind a difficult to get good English books out here (Finland). They should be here on Tuesday so should have no problems getting through it for the time you suggest.

Kemp said...

I got both books yesterday and have already started reading Virgin yesterday.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

It took me a while to figure out who the narrator was. I really like it that it is a boy trying to figure out all of these girls.

For anyone who has read "Middlesex", I think it is fascinating that Eugenides is such a private guy with some really in depth gender issues.

I don't know if issues is really the word I'm looking for...