Musing Mondays (3/7)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm that gives you prompts to answer at it’s new location at BooksandBeat.com

This week I’ll be doing: Up next I think I’ll read…


The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Synopsis: It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead – charismatic loner and college Darwinist – suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus – who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange – resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives [x].


Random Question: Which characters (from which book) do you think deserve their own spin-off story? Why?

It’s not necessarily a spin-off but I would like to read the Hunger Games Trilogy in Peeta’s POV. Especially in the books he is not in for a lot of the time like when he is in the Capitol. I would like to know his thoughts on everything. I think it would be quite interesting.

What character do you wish has a spin-off? What book are you going to read next? Comment down below!
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14 Responses to Musing Mondays (3/7)

  1. I enjoyed The Marriage Plot….thanks for sharing. Here's my MUSING MONDAYS POST

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  2. Omg that would be an amazing spin off. I agree! I like the sound of the marriage plot. I'll have to add it to my reading list.

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  3. Breana M. says:

    I hope you enjoy The Marriage Plot, it sounds like a pretty good book.

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  4. I haven't read The Marriage Plot, but it sounds interesting. I like your idea of a Hunger Games spin-off. I mentioned you had suggested a new point of view for the series at my blog today. Hope you'll visit me where I answer today's question: http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2016/03/musing-mondays-march-7.html

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  5. Kwizgiver says:

    Oh, I loved the Marriage Plot! Hope you enjoy it. I love the idea of alternative narrative for The Hunger Games.

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  6. Danica says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope I do too. I liked The Virgin Suicides by him.

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  7. Danica says:

    We definitely need a Peeta novel!

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  8. Danica says:

    Thank you! I hope I do too!

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  9. Danica says:

    I hope I enjoy it too! I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it 🙂

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  10. Danica says:

    Thanks for the mention I hopped on over to your blog to check out your post 🙂

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  11. Lilivette says:

    Interesting pick you got there! I totally agree with you on this one, I'd love to see The Hunger Games and everything that happened through someone else's point of view, especially Peeta's! WHY CAN'T THIS HAPPEN!?!?

    P.S. Here's the goodreads page for Gambit, hope it calls your interest! I'm only like 10% done and. . .so far is pretty good!

    Great pick! x

    -L. @ Reading Against Time

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  12. Danica says:

    Thanks for posting the link! That book looks so good! I may have to change what I read next because the synopsis seems so interesting with the altering of genetics!!

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  13. Chloe McKay says:

    The Marriage Plot sounds like something that I am going to have to pick up now! Peeta is my favourite Hunger Games character ❤

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  14. Danica says:

    I'm hoping it's as good as his book The Virgin Suicides. Peeta is my fav too! 🙂 ❤

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