2: The Marriage Plot

by Jeffery Eugenides

I don’t know how to feel about this whole book.
Given my current situation (the being poor situation) I really hated Madeline. It’s nice that her parents could bail her out whenever she wants.

The fact that she could have stayed with Leonard for so long is because she is naive, any realistic girl would have left him a long time ago. i also say this because im extremely cynical.

the entire book read fast in the beginning and it just went on and on and refused to end near the end. the ending was anticlimatic but it was probably supposed to mean something, something like the fact that Mitchell is the best damn guy there is.

i don’t have much to say because i feel like the book made me sort of exhausted, so much goddamn drama. Mitchell’s story was much more interesting than Madeline’s, spoiled little brat. :/

but seriously, what a time that the 80s was, basically now, without twitter and youtube and instagram.


He started finishing Madeleine’s sentences. As if her mind was too slow. As if he couldn’t wait for her to gather her thoughts. He riffed on the things she said, going off on strange tangents, making puns. Whenever she told him he needed to get some sleep, he got angry and didn’t call her for days. And it was during this period that Madeleine fully understood how the lover’s discourse was of an extreme solitude. The solitude was extreme because it wasn’t physical. It was extreme because you felt it while in the company of the person you loved. It was extreme because it was in your head, that most solitary of places.

Abby and Olivia thought it was the romantic in Madeleine who wept. They thought she was delusional, ridiculous. She would have felt the same, if it had been one of them, pining away. Heartbreak is funny to everyone but the heartbroken.

Posted: February 2nd, 2012
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