(May contain mild spoilers, but not really.)
Has everyone read this book? I think they have. Apparently, it won a Pulitzer Prize. Sounds impressive.
I recently finished reading Middlesex because I heard such good things about it. To put it mildly, I didn't like it.
The book actually made me angry because the subject matter had so much potential to be awesome. I mean, it's a book about a hermaphrodite. It's about a person who is born a girl then turns into a boy. I find that fascinating.
Except for 300 pages, the book just talked about how the hermaphrodite's grandparents immigrated to this country from Turkey. And then about Detroit in the first half of the twentieth century. And all the while, I'm screaming, "GET TO THE HERMAPHRODITE!"
And then as soon as the book actually gets interesting and the protagonist is dealing with becoming a man, the book ends!
I guess the family stuff is supposed to fit in because her grandparents were siblings, so that was what caused her to have the 5 alpha reductase deficiency. Except, of course, it didn't. Your grandparents being related wouldn't give you two recessive genes. It was because her parents were second cousins.
Also, the language was so dense and overly descriptive. For example, take the following sentence:
"Sing how the unsightly black fuzz, like the Persian legions of Darius, sweeps over the Achaean mainland of girls barely into their teens!"
I mean, why can't he just write: "Fuck, I'm getting hair on my upper lip."
I guess you don't win the Pulitzer prize by writing that though.