Akala ko noong una this is a gay novel. I found out that the author Jeffrey Eugenides wrote the story of the oddly moving film Virgin Suicides, I immediately grabbed a copy.
The title of the book seemed to imply about the gay people and their struggle as a minority. But it’s not like that because:
- It’s not about homosexuals but about a hermaphrodite.
- Actually, if you look around and observe more carefully, there are a lot of gays in the government, military, and the media, THUS, they shouldn’t be considered a minority but people who are part of our community, our society, who deserve respect and fair treatment.
- And this post will not deal about human rights and homosexuals after this point.
Middlesex is the story of Cal who was once Calliope and his/her genetic history.
- The main character’s Greek origins. How his special genetic formation was caused by the incestual nature of his grandparents’ relationship.
- Hermaphrodites and why they are not lesser human beings.
- Family and how it affects and shapes the character and destiny of a person.
- Immigration and the crazy, fun and nostalgic journey of his
to Greece , in the land where dreams supposedly come true and were America has a special extended territory in the states of Philippines and California . Okay, Hawaii has nothing to do with the story actually. Philippines
It’s a very interesting book. Somehow I can identify myself with some of the characters. Not that I’ve been validated for having a penis and a vagina, but since I am an expatriate, I sometimes understand the perspective of the characters, of seeing and observing things from an immigrant’s point of view, felt the strangeness of setting foot on a foreign land, the cultural shock, the oddity of the ways of the people of the host country, and the hopes and dreams of an expatriate.
Not only his family’s history is an epic tale, even his personal struggle and search of his identity will make you discover a different kind of world.
The novel is fun to read and very entertaining, and in some ways moving.