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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage PlotEven though I have read some very mixed reviews for ‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides, I have still been really looking forward to reading it for months.  I thought it would be appropriate to read it now given that I had my graduation ceremony recently and this is the event where the novel starts.  Set in 1982, the story follows Brown University student Madeline Hanna, an English major writing a thesis on ‘the marriage plot’ of 19th century novels and the love triangle between herself, Mitchell Grammaticus and Leonard Bankhead before and after graduation.  (Unlike Madeline, my graduation day simply involved a lot of standing around in overheated rooms, posing for photographs I didn’t want taken and trying not to trip over my robes.  But whatever.) Continue reading

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