The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Short Review of Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

This review has to be short — I didn’t finish the book because it was boring me. I picked it up in an airport in November and spent the next two months picking it up and putting it back down, until last night I decided I wasn’t wasting any more time on it.

Anyway, the book is Mostly Safe for animal lovers, with some caveats. See the first comment below for further discussion.


January 2, 2008 - Posted by | Book Reviews | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Up to where I stopped on page 296 (out of 529 — the book is wretchedly overwritten), there were no animal characters as such, but there were several brief instances of bad things happening to innocent pets. I hadn’t come up with the concept for this blog when I began the book, but I vaguely recall something happening to a pet during the attack on the city of Smyrna. In the depiction of the 1967 riots in Detroit, there is a paragraph describing violence against a German Shepherd and a cat. This incident struck me as unnecessary, but so did most of the book. I’m recommending against it. By the way, it’s an Oprah Book Club selection. I think I’ve read 3 or 4 of those, and this is the first one I’ve disliked. (You want a good Oprah book? Try Stones in the River, it’s excellent.)

    Comment by esheley | January 2, 2008 | Reply

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