Research and writing

I definitely need to start working on this more. I keep getting hung up on how to write the different parts. I am a little confused but I will figure it out.

research and writing

Going to the library was literally the most frustrating thing I’ve done in awhile.  Nothing worked and it was way too hot!  Thank god an avondale alumni happened to be working in the library that day and helped us out.  

reading

well these last two posts are about the second half of the book.   So this first post will be about my thoughts about the entire ending and then the next post will be about the book as a whole.  Anyway, even though I already read this book before it still caught me by surprise.  I think the main reason that it surprised me so much is because when I looked at how many more pages I had to read it was like 40 more pages and the all of a sudden the girls kill themselves and it isn’t even close to the end of the book.   The last 40 pages are about the community after the girls death.  Honestly, this book creeped me out more the second time because from the second the boys stepped foot in the house I knew what was going to happen.  This time around I felt worse for the boys.  The really did love these girls and I think they would have done anything to help them they just didn’t know how or when.  Their first major effort to help them happened on the day the girls killed themselves, they were just to late.  

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reading

So the book as a whole is actually crazy.  When I go back and think of all the small things that were in the book that I didn’t notice the first time but I noticed the second time it is amazing.  One thing I did notice was how the town was slowly dying   I feel like everyone blamed the Lisbon’s for the demise of the town but what they didn’t see is that the town was slowly dying the whole time and all they could do was focus on the girls.  For example, the fish flies constantly died, the trees died, the leaves died, and the town in general was falling apart.  All the time that this was happening nobody did anything about it they just gossiped and watched the Lisbon house fall apart.  Something else I found interesting was that this time when I got done reading the book I wasn’t so focused on the girls killing themselves   The first time the only thing I could think was “WHY???”  but this time I thought more about how somebody, anybody could have stepped in and helped them and saved 4 lives, but they didn’t.  Nobody even made an attempt except for the boys.  Also, Mary survived her suicide attempt, yet nobody at all tried to help her.  They had to have known that she was in trouble and that her parents weren’t in the right state of mind to take care of her, but they let it happen.  You would think with all this gossiping and watching the Lisbon’s somebody would have thought they needed help.  It was almost as if they enjoyed watching the Lisbon’s slowly wither away because they didn’t have to worry about how their own town and their own lives were slowly doing the same thing

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reading

So the book as a whole is actually crazy.  When I go back and think of all the small things that were in the book that I didn’t notice the first time but I noticed the second time it is amazing.  One thing I did notice was how the town was slowly dying   I feel like everyone blamed the Lisbon’s for the demise of the town but what they didn’t see is that the town was slowly dying the whole time and all they could do was focus on the girls.  For example, the fish flies constantly died, the trees died, the leaves died, and the town in general was falling apart.  All the time that this was happening nobody did anything about it they just gossiped and watched the Lisbon house fall apart.  Something else I found interesting was that this time when I got done reading the book I wasn’t so focused on the girls killing themselves   The first time the only thing I could think was “WHY???”  but this time I thought more about how somebody, anybody could have stepped in and helped them and saved 4 lives, but they didn’t.  Nobody even made an attempt except for the boys.  Also, Mary survived her suicide attempt, yet nobody at all tried to help her.  They had to have known that she was in trouble and that her parents weren’t in the right state of mind to take care of her, but they let it happen.  You would think with all this gossiping and watching the Lisbon’s somebody would have thought they needed help.  It was almost as if they enjoyed watching the Lisbon’s slowly wither away because they didn’t have to worry about how their own town and their own lives were slowly doing the same thing.  

reading

well these last two books are about the second half of the book.   So this first post will be about my thoughts about the entire ending and then the next post will be about the book as a whole.  Anyway, even though I already read this book before it still caught me by surprise.  I think the main reason that it surprised me so much is because when I looked at how many more pages I had to read it was like 40 more pages and the all of a sudden the girls kill themselves and it isn’t even close to the end of the book.   The last 40 pages are about the community after the girls death.  Honestly, this book creeped me out more the second time because from the second the boys stepped foot in the house I knew what was going to happen.  This time around I felt worse for the boys.  The really did love these girls and I think they would have done anything to help them they just didn’t know how or when.  Their first major effort to help them happened on the day the girls killed themselves, they were just to late.  

Reading The Work

One thing that I didn’t notice when I read this book the first time,but now reading it the second time I do notice, is the setting.  Part of the reason I like this book is because it takes place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  Eugenides mention a city sometimes that I am assuming is Detroit and I feel like I can relate and picture a lot of the places the narrator mentions.  However, this isn’t what interests me.  The main thing that interests me is the way Eugenides uses the setting to foreshadow.  I don’t quite know I would call it foreshadowing though because it isn’t like the suicides of all the girls is kept secret, it is very obvious, to the reader, that the girls will all eventually kill themselves. However, Eugenides still descrives how everything is dying along with the sisters.  After Cecilia dies all of the fish flies also die.  Also, throughout the whole book the trees in the neighborhood are dying.  This is another thing that I don’t understand about Eugenides.  Why does he have all this death in the book.  It seems like foreshadowing but there really isn’t any need for foreshadowing because everyone who is reading the book already knows that the sisters are eventually going to commit suicide.  

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Reading The Work

Alright this next post has to do with how obsessed the boys are with the sisters  but it is from a different point of view.  Since I have already read the book I know that at the very end the narrator of the book turns out to be a grown man.  I think this is another reason why I get a weird feeling when I read this.  It seems really weird to me that after all these years the boys are still  so interested in the girls.  I also think it is weird how Eugenides writes.  The whole time  the narrator is talking the voice seems to be that of a young boy and his group of friends who are obsessed with the sisters.  However, once I get to the end I find out that the narrator is a grown man.  It would be interesting to know why Eugenides decided to write like that.  I think this is part of what makes the book so fascinating.  The voice is of this boy yet it is actually a grown man.  It is creepy yet very interesting to me to think about how these men are still interested in these girls after all these years.   

Reading The Work

Well this book is pretty simple to read.  It is especially easy because I have already read it before.  I am about halfway done so these first three posts are going to be about what I have read so far.  This first post will be about the book in general.  In general the book still gives me a weird feeling.  I think part of the reason I get this feeling is because I feel like I am creeping on the sisters when I am reading it.  Everything that the boys knows about the sisters is from what they observe or have been told by someone else.  Almost none of them have even had any real contact or conversations with any of the girls.  The boys seem so infatuated with the sisters and it makes me wonder why.  Why do the boys obsess over these girls? They lead pretty normal lives, there isn’t anything special about them, so why are the boys so compelled by the girls?      

Picking The Work

So I looked at the book Middlesex and it looked a little bit weird.  I didn’t want to get half way through it and then have to change books so I decided to stick with The Virgin Suicides because I already know I like it.  Also this clip is a trailer for the movie that is based on the book.  It is a bit creepy but I like it.  I am excited to read this book again and see what I think of it two years later. 



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