I just finished reading Middlesex, which a very sweet friend of mine thought was about Middlesex the county next to ours.  It is most certainly not.

It was a great read, and I plowed through the end, but I can't put my finger on what held it back from being excellent.  Perhaps it was all of the explicit talk about sexuality.  I can be prudish at times, but that's not what it was.  I think it was that the narrator just talked about it too much, and like any topic that's overdone, it gets old.

I wanted less talk of sex and more talk of gender.  Why did the narrator make the choice she/he did?  I wanted more on what mannerisms were hard and easy in the transition.  What were the harder and easier parts of playing each gender?  I wanted to know more about the struggle of familial acceptance. In the end, I felt like I only knew 3/4 of the narrator. Some intrigue is good, of course, but I was left too hungry.

1 comment:

LovelyLauren said...

I too enjoyed Middlesex, but felt it lacked something. For me, I think it was that I felt there was no coherent point that the narrator was making. I felt like it was a book where the author wondered "What would it be like to be intersex?" but never took it a step further.

I wanted a "So What" moment at the end where the story connected to something greater rather than staying so wrapped up in itself.