The two don’t always go together so well, so says Jeffrey Eugenides.
Though I think it is true in real life as well. Haven’t we all heard of a couple so in love but just didn’t get marriage right, for whatever reason? Sure, it may not be as dramatic as The Marriage Plot’s story, but it is real life.
Though The Marriage Plot takes its title from the academic term for novels set around courtship and nuptials of the bourgeoisie, it is actually stunning in its depiction of the tragedies of love among poor college students with mental and emotional issues. The lengths and depths these kids go through to discover who they are and who they love is commendable. While it could be argued that we would never advise our friends to go on the kind of journeys that Leonard, Mitchell and Madeleine—Mitchell and Madeleine in particular—go through, it is still commendable. Their bravery and stupidity and youth all battle one another in an attempt to achieve love and happiness, and happily ever after. And in all of that, it’s clever and witty and beautifully written.
This is the first of Mr. Eugenides’ books I’ve read (though the second Pultizer Prize winner of my Metro Reads 2012 series) and I’m very much looking forward to Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides. This guy is pretty great.