The Marriage Plot

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Product Number: Z100124982
Released: Jun 01, 2017
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ISBN: #9781427213099
Narrator/s: David Pittu
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2011 A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Book of 2011 A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Best Fiction of 2011 Title One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011 A Salon Best Fiction of 2011 title One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books of the Year 2011 It's the early 1980s-the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafEs on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine tries to understand why "it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth-century France," real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead-charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy-suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old "friend" Mitchell Grammaticus-who's been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange-resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate. Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love. Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

Author(s): Jeffrey Eugenides
Original Publish Date: Oct 11, 2011


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The Marriage Plot
Product Number: BX00065195
Product Number:DD0027
Product Number:Z100124982

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Author(s): Jeffrey Eugenides
Narrator(s): David Pittu
Product Number DD0027
Released: Oct 11, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427213082
Author(s): Jeffrey Eugenides
Product Number EB00102885
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429969185

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"The sound of silk drawn across fine-grain sandpaper best describes David Pittu's voice in THE MARRIAGE PLOT, by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides. A tried-and-true plot device of writers like George Eliot and Jane Austen is reworked, reflecting the evolving feminist movement of the early 1980s. Pittu portrays college student Madeleine Hanna as she completes her senior thesis. His delivery of her anxiety about her career and romantic life imbues the story with a hypnotic tone that elevates the plot beyond a simple lovers' triangle. The talented Pittu rises to the occasion of this challenging work, rewarding the listener with a sense of satisfaction reserved for great works of literature. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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