Thursday, 10 July 2014

Reading The Virgin Suicides

The past few months I have been reading so many absolutely brilliant books that I almost feel bored of writing about how good my latest read was. And as if this introduction hasn't already given it away; this was another brilliant book. 

The Virgin Suicides is a book told from the perspective of boys who live and are in some way touched by the lives of the Lisbon sisters. Five girls from the ages of 13 to 17 with a desire to stop living and nobody knows why. Years after, the boys on the street have accumulated all kinds of evidence to try to find out the mystery surrounding the haunting and fascinating Lisbon sisters.

This is really all that I can say about the story of the novel. There is something about this story; it is as if it takes place in a bubble, separate from the rest of the world. Although there is humour embedded in the story as well tragedies stated very matter-of-factly, everything is described in a very romantic and dreamy way. Little trinkets and movements are given a significance that would normally not be paid any attention to. We never find out who the narrators really are, just like the sisters are at first perceived as just one person that is the perspective we're given of the narrators through the entire story. This is not a fast-paced book and there's no twists. It really just tells the slow and sad story of a family which falls apart from the point of view of others, but it is told in an extraordinarily magical way.

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