The book is just so...wow.
|The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides|
I remember loving it when I read it originally, shortly after it first became available in paperback, and I loved it then too. I also really enjoyed the movie—one of the few book to movie adaptations I have liked.
|The movie, via Amazon.com for $2.99 USD|
|A still from the film.|
This story is in some ways so true to life with regard to teenage suburban monotony, and in other ways just so surreal that it is hard to really let go once you are done. This is one of the books that can stop me in my tracks and make me not want to read or watch tv or listen to music for several days after finishing it because, even at nearly 40 years old, I still feel like a teenager stuck and waiting for life to happen. Unfortunately, the Lisbon girls weren't able to wait out those feelings.
Reading this book, I have the same compulsion as the boys in the story—an incredible need to know the Lisbon girls, to understand them as sisters and as individuals. Although the book focuses quite a bit on Lux, the second oldest of the girls, it is Cecilia, the youngest and the first to commit suicide, that I find most interesting. What compels her to make her first attempt? What causes her to throw herself out the window in the second attempt? She is younger than her sisters, but in many ways much older. I wish I knew more of her story.
And, just for fun, here is the trailer in German...
A video montage about the sisters from the movie:
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