Favorite Quotes from "The Marriage Plot"

I love Jeffery Eugenides! The first book I ever read of his ("Middlesex") blew my mind with its poetical narrative and expertly woven characters. "The Virgin Suicides" was likewise perfection, but I think "The Marriage Plot" might be my favorite yet! Here is a (brief) collection of my favorite moments in this excellent book: "Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there, though."

"There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things."

"She may have looked normal on the outside, but once you'd seen her handwriting you knew she was deliciously complicated inside."

"College wasn't like the real world. In the real world people dropped names based on their renown. In college, people dropped names based on their obscurity."

"The window gave onto a view of dove-gray roofs and balconies, each one containing the same cracked flowerpot and sleeping feline. It was as if the entire city of Paris had agreed to abide by a single understated taste. Each neighbor was doing his or her own to keep up standards, which was difficult because the French ideal wasn't clearly delineated like the neatness and greenness of American lawns, but more of a picturesque disrepair. It took courage to let things fall apart so beautifully."

"She could become a spinster, like Emily Dickinson, writing poems full of dashes and brilliance, and never gaining weight."

"If Mitchell was ever going to become a good Christian, he would have to stop disliking people so intensely."

"She was a large, disordered woman, like a child's drawing that didn't stay within the lines."

- favorite quotes from "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides

Jenny Smith

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