Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides is one of those movies I just can’t keep away from. Whenever it’s on television, I can’t help but watch. So when I came across a copy of the Jeffrey Eugenides novel it’s based on for a bargain price, I didn’t have to think long about picking it up.
As with Titanic, there’s no need to go over the plot. And this book isn’t about the Lisbon girls committing suicide, anyway. It’s rather about some boys who try but hopelessly fail to understand them (or women in general). Which brings me to this: while the movie is told from the perspective of teenage boys who idolize those mysterious girls next door, the book is told from those same boys’ perspective, but they’re at least twenty years older. Which makes it a bit creepy and weirdly obsessive. And not in a good way.
And I must say that I quite like Eugenides’s style. I mean, how can I resist long, meandering sentences like this next one?
- Book read
- Jeffrey Eugenides — The Virgin Suicides
- First Line
- On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide—it was Mary this time, and sleeping pills, like Therese—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.