|Published in 2011
In The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides tries a role that barely fits his style. He deconstructs every single thought, gesture, action of his main characters, explaining and over-explaining them, until they almost completely lose meaning. If it had been not about Eugenides, finishing the book would have been unlikely in my case. However, I continued to the last page. By the end, patience got partly rewarded. One might be bored of insisting on semiotics and the sometimes trailing story, but one needs to get to the second half, and then to the end, to rediscover a great writer, although not in his best creation.
My rating: 5 out of 10 (the novel should have been shorter).
Book cover retrieved from the review that The Telegraph did to the book.