Southwest Book Club Online Discussion Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Discussion Questions: Middlesex
1. Occasionally, Cal interrupts his own narrative, calling attention to himself and the artifice inherent in his story (example on pp. 110-111). What purposes do these interruptions serve? Is Cal a reliable narrator?
2. Why does Cal decide to live as a man rather than a woman?
3. How is Cal's experience living within two genders similar to the immigrant experience of living within two cultures? How is it different?
4. Middlesex is set against the backdrop of several historical events: the war between Turkey and Greece, the rise of the Nation of Islam, WWII, and the Detroit riots. How does history shape the lives of the caracters in the novel?
5. Describe Middlesex. Does the house have a symbolic function in the novel?
6. How does the structure of the novel and its movement backward and forward in time reflect the larger themes of the work?
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