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The Virgin Suicides: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Jeffrey Eugenides
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From Publishers Weekly

Eugenides's tantalizing, macabre first novel begins with a suicide, the first of the five bizarre deaths of the teenage daughters in the Lisbon family; the rest of the work, set in the author's native Michigan in the early 1970s, is a backward-looking quest as the male narrator and his nosy, horny pals describe how they strove to understand the odd clan of this first chapter, which appeared in the Paris Review , where it won the 1991 Aga Khan Prize for fiction. The sensationalism of the subject matter (based loosely on a factual account) may be off-putting to some readers, but Eugenides's voice is so fresh and compelling, his powers of observation so startling and acute, that most will be mesmerized. The title derives from a song by the fictional rock band Cruel Crux, a favorite of the Lisbon daughter Lux--who, unlike her sisters Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Cecilia, is anything but a virgin by the tale's end. Her mother forces Lux to burn the album along with others she considers dangerously provocative. Mr. Lisbon, a mild-mannered high school math teacher, is driven to resign by parents who believe his control of their children may be as deficient as his control of his own brood. Eugenides risks sounding sophomoric in his attempt to convey the immaturity of high-school boys; while initially somewhat discomfiting, the narrator's voice (representing the collective memories of the group) acquires the ring of authenticity. The author is equally convincing when he describes the older locals' reactions to the suicide attempts. Under the narrator's goofy, posturing banter are some hard truths: mortality is a fact of life; teenage girls are more attracted to brawn than to brains (contrary to the testimony of the narrator's male relatives). This is an auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer. Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Eugenides's remarkable first novel opens on a startling note: "On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide... the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope." What follows is not, however, a horror novel, but a finely crafted work of literary if slightly macabre imagination. In an unnamed town in the slightly distant past, detailed in such precise and limpid prose that readers will surely feel that they grew up there, Cecilia--the youngest and most obviously wacky of the luscious Lisbon girls--finally succeeds in taking her own life. As the confused neighbors watch rather helplessly, the remaining sisters become isolated and unhinged, ending it all in a spectacular multiple suicide anticipated from the first page. Eugenides's engrossing writing style keeps one reading despite a creepy feeling that one shouldn't be enjoying it so much. A black, glittering novel that won't be to everyone's taste but must be tried by readers looking for something different. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/92.
- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 335 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 260 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0446670251
  • Editeur : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Édition : Reprint (1 avril 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003G93ZIG
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The virgin Suicides du livre au film. 5 juin 2003
Par "remi3"
Format:Broché
Il y a deux ans de cela, je m'aventure dans une salle de cinéma pour y découvrir le film de la fille coppola. Au résultat un film très beau et fidèlement adapté d'un des meilleurs romans de ces derniers temps. En effet dés la première page, Jeffrey Eugenides nous entraine dans son univers peuplé de belles jeunes filles désoeuvrées et amoureuses de la mort. En somme, un livre à lire sans aucune hésitation car ici, même le suicide n'est ni choquant ni déroutant, pour toutes personnes voulant découvrir un nouveau style d'écriture. Le livre apporte, je pense le même intérêt que l'on ai vu ou non le film.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sublime roman américain 20 juin 2002
Par Un client
Format:Relié
The virgin suicides est le 1er roman de Jeffrey Eugenides et pour un coup d'essai, c'est un coup de maître. Ce livre est tout simplement sublime.
Eugenides nous parle (comme le titre l'indique) du suicide de 5 jeunes soeurs, mais surtout il nous parle de mélancolie et de pureté, de ces sensations que seule l'enfance peut engendrer. Son écriture est lumineuse et le thème très difficile est abordé avec une grace confondante et parfois même beaucoup d'humour.
L'auteur est nostalgique mais jamais glauque.
The virgin suicides est un chef d'oeuvre de la littérature contemporaine. A noter : son adaptation cinématographique par Sofia Coppola vaut également le détour
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Avoid if easily afflicted by emotional contagion 16 octobre 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a well-written novel that I found easy to get into, but once there I found myself feeling pretty depressed until it was finished.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Ennuyeux à pleurer 12 février 2013
Par Odile T.
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J'ai acheté ce livre, me fiant aux commentaires élogieux lus sur ce site. Je me demande de plus en plus si ce sont de vrais clients ou des tâcherons payés pour faire monter le soufflé.
Sur le site Amazon.uk les cent cinq commentaires sont loin d'aller tous dans le même sens. Et curieusement, aucune mention de ces commentaires sur le site français.
Ce livre m'est tombé des mains, il a tout l'attrait d'un constat impersonnel de police ou d'un rapport de médecin.
L'auteur n'éprouve aucune empathie envers ses personnages. Nous n'avons que des faits bruts sur lesquels l'auteur ne cesse de revenir (on a compris la première fois, merci). Les quatre filles ne sont que des marionnettes interchangeables sans aucune profondeur psychologique. Quand les réflexions des garçons prennent le pas, c'est sans intérêt et affreusement long. Ou alors c'est moi qui ne peux m'intéresser aux désirs des adolescents, bla, bla, bla, surtout exprimés avec si peu d'émotion.
Je suis bien obligée de donner une étoile mais si je le pouvais je n'en donnerais aucune!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Haunting and compelling... 5 août 2002
Par Dianna Setterfield - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Wow. What a fabulous, page-turning, fascinating book! It's been two years since I saw the movie, but from what I can remember, the movie doesn't do this book justice. Maybe it is the unique style of the narrative that made me love it so, or the sweet obsession of the narrators...I don't know what exactly, but The Virgin Suicides was simply wonderful despite the morbid subject.
Set in 1970s suburbia, The Virgin Suicides tells the story of the Lisbon family from the point of view of a group of boys living in the same neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon are both sort of boring and normal, but their five daughters, Therese, Mary, Bonnie, Lux and Cecilia are exotic and mysterious...so different from their parents, it's hard to imagine how it happened. The story opens with the suicide of Mary, the last in the "year of the suicides" of the five sisters. From there, the story starts at the beginning as seen through the eyes of the neighborhood boys and is compiled through heresay, interviews, diary entries, personal contact, and their avid spying. What is so unique about this story is since it is told from an outside perspective, the answers to many questions remain unanswered, only assumed.
The Virgin Suicides takes readers through a year in the life of the Lisbon sisters, their untimely demise, the speculations of the neighborhood, as well as the unraveling of the Lisbon family. A tender, lively story with the ending already known, but fascinating to see how it gets there. I was impressed over and over and highly recommend this profound, moving novel.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a novel that asks questions but gives no answers 7 mai 2000
Par Cassandra - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
If you read the "virgin suicides" expecting answers, explanations, or any kind of analysis on how 5 teenage sisters ended up commiting suicide, one after the other...you'll be disappointed. After you reach the last of the 250 very well written pages,you realise that Jeffrey Eugenides hasn't revealed anything more than you knew from page one: the only thing the reader knows is that the 5 blond, almost indistinguishable Lisbon sisters commit suicide one by one.
The story is told through the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood boys. Teenage boys who are obssessed with the Lisbon sisters and watch their lives and deaths (or what they know of their lives and deaths) step by step. So, in the end, all we get to know about this tragic story, is through these teenage boys' eyes. It's like we are watching the chorus in an ancient greek tragedy: the chorus watches from afar, feels sorrow and pain, but doesn't know or reveal much.
This fact of not knowing, of not understanding the whys and the hows of the story, adds an almost surreal quality to the book. Eugenides is a very gifted new author, and manages to create a great book, even though with the total absence of characterization (the 5 sisters are almost described as one single person)as well as the total absence of feeling or explanation, this could prove to be tricky. But he does it skillfully and in the end, this fact of not knowing adds to the book.
A very sad, mysterious, deeply moving novel, a novel where the reader has to read between the lines to feel and understand. My only complaint was the short length of the book, but all in all: I strongly recommend it
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unbelievably Different 3 mai 2000
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Format:Broché
The Virgin Suicides would seem to be just another tragic tale of American suburbia, but Eugenides transforms it into a unique masterpiece. For starters, the story of the five Lisbon suicides is told from the perspective of an adolescent boy who, along with his friends, is obsessed with the mysterious Lisbon sisters. This gives the book an interesting, and often humorous, perspective on growing up, but only adds to the mystery surrounding the Lisbon house, as the boys have little real information to relate to the reader. One sees the Lisbon house as a depressing place to live, but can never really know its inhabitants. Cecilia's suicide attempt starts the book, but one can never understand why everything surrounding the event is so nonchalant, as though it were a preordained event. Similarly, one never really gets to know the surviving Lisbon sisters; they are all one mold, differentiated by a few images presented in various chapters. With any other author, this lack of character development would be profoundly frustrating, but Eugenides makes it work. One comes to share the obsession the neighborhood boys have for the Lisbon sisters, and the obsession, combined with the mystery surrounding the girls, makes it difficult to put the book down. Eugenides is a brilliant writer, the book is almost flawless, and, at just under 250 pages, it can be read in a sitting. I cannot recommend this title enough.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In a word: Atmospheric! 3 janvier 2001
Par James J. Hastings - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
From the very title to the opening words of Jeffrey Eugenides' atmospheric novel, you the reader know what you are in for. There is no surprise in the outcome of the book -- and that's the beauty of it. Eugenides instead concentrates on bringing to life the characters, suburban neighborhood and atmosphere of the Lisbon girls and their lives.
The novel is about both the sisters and the boys who are infatuated with them. On a personal level I could relate having grown up in suburbia just five house down the block from the beautiful Williams sisters. My friends and I would sit outside their house on the curb dying to know what goes on in those rooms.
Eugenides' treatment of the suicides is dark and real. He takes these moments and details them as if they were poetry. Without trying to sound morbid, you seriously will be dying to get to the climax of the novel which takes it's time and occurs with such straighforward description that you can almost hear the ominous music that should accompany the situation.
I'm not a literary scholar and I don't pretend to be; I read and finish about 30 books a year (which I think is a goodly amount) and watch a lot of movies; I work as a copywriter in a big city publishing house and am trying to finish my own novel at the same time; and I have to say that this is the BEST book I have ever read. I've never really felt a book as much as this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Obviously, I've been a 13-year-old girl 1 juin 2006
Par Violetta1485 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
SPOILERS AHEAD (if it's possible given the title of the book):
I love this book but I wonder if anyone, including the author, entirely understands what he has done here. Does he think the deaths of the Lisbon girls mysterious, or is it only his unreliable narrator who thinks it, a man clearly haunted as much by adolescence itself as by five long-dead girls? If you want this to stay mysterious, stop reading now.

I'm puzzled that anybody is puzzled why the Lisbon sisters all kill themselves. There are clues all through the book: at the prom, one sister asks if the boys took them out because they felt sorry for them. One reportedly cries when she can't afford to get her messed up teeth fixed, something her parents either can't or won't pay for. One says she feels like a charity child, attending this posh school because her father teaches there. They are describe as wearing last year's school clothes because the mother won't buy them any that fit (which really poor families sometimes do at thrift shops--at least then they're the right size). At the prom, they know their "shapeless sacks" dresses are wrong the minute the other girls look at them. Obviously, as much as the boys idealize and romanticize them, the girls feel like freaks and justthisclose to being outcasts--like the retarded boy the kids make fun of at the party right before Cecilia kills herself. If they don't band together and hide their family's dirty laundy, they'll be openly persecuted instead of just whispered about.

Trip dumps Lux not because they had sex, but because she showed emotional vulnerability. "I always screw up," she says--not the stuff the Kewl Girl is supposed to say. The boys don't call after the prom, even though Bonnie's date promises to. They can't trust anyone; no neighbor cares enough to call a Social Worker or truant officer when they're pulled out of school. Aren't they worth rescuing? Apparently not. Why don't they run away? Because their mother has told them all their lives boys only want them for one thing and will lose interest in them. What little experience they have with boys bears this out. They have no reason to believe the outside world will value them when their own parents don't and boys who get to know them even slightly seem to lose interest. They don't fully trust the ones who are crushing on them at the end because they figure they'll just get bored too if the girls don't stay on the pedestal.

Bonnie's date won't call her, but he parts his hair the way she liked it when he's middle-aged--he doesn't want a real girl, he wants a fantasy. When Mary commits suicide a month after her sisters died, it's on the day of another girl's debut party--the kind of party to which she will never be invited, let alone give. She can't escape to college because she wasn't allowed to finish high school. And she figures she must be worthless, because after all that, the hospital sent her back home, just as they sent Cecilia home. They sent her home to a mother who apparently never did laundry or had the girls do it, given the state of the bedlinens when the house is cleaned out. The mother treats them like trash so that's how they feel, isolated in this middle class neighborhood where other people have debutante parties.

We don't know if there was physical abuse, but there is clearly emotional abuse, and it is hard to get authorities to intervene in such cases even now, let alone in those days when you had to show a broken bone or a broken hymen before anyone would do anything. Eugenides has brilliantly depicted the pathetic attempts of psychologists and reports to explain the suicides away with fancy arcane theories about rock music and Rorschachs, when the girls are obviously miserable because they want to fit in and are never allowed to. The naivete of the boys is understandable, and it's sweet and accurate how they would be dazzled by the glamor of the sisters' feminine preening tools: mustache bleach creams and feminine hygiene supplies, when the girls obviously were afraid of being ugly and gross. But the cluelessness of the school, with its Day of Grieving, and the callous indifference of the neighbors--except for the one old Greek lady who deplores the American custom of pretending to be happy, like covering over Cecilia's scars with perky bracelets (what a brilliant image the author has there!)--the fact that "normal" well-adjusted adults allowed this to happen is disgusting. And disgustingly typical of suburbia, with its constant cover-ups. If something goes wrong in a slum, every tenement neighbor knows it. And slum kids know that if they commit a felony, the authorities will pull them out of the parents' house, and it won't be hushed up the way it is with "nice" families. They'll have to do time in a juvenile facility, which may be an improvement over home. Nice girls like the Lisbons don't know how to work the system.

Eugenides has done a magnificent job of telling the readers, if they care to look, everything the sisters didn't know how to tell the world. One of the points of this book is how easy it is for people to ignore the obvious. When we leave the girls mysterious, when we aestheticize them, we are implicated along with the people in the book who aren't interested in them as real people. Many readers have complained the girls are indistinguishable, except for Cecilia and Lux. But I believe the point is that just because we don't know about people, doesn't mean there is nothing to know. Ever read a poem called "Richard Corey"?

We as readers, and the now grown-up boys, can idealize the Lisbons because they are safely dead, and won't interfere with our haunting little fantasies with any of their troubling reality. No wonder the boys prefer these convenient ghosts to their wives.

"We just want to live, if people would let us," says one of the girls.
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