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Essing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe Michigan To understand why Calliope is not like other girls she has to uncover a guilty fam. Alright it s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpieceBeing a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science I find the premise of this novel to be incredibly interesting5 Reductase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder autosomal meaning that the gene coding for 5 Reductase is not located on a sex chromosome X or Y and recessive meaning that one would need two copies of a mutated form of the gene in order to express the disease trait Since we as a biological species inherit one copy of every gene from each of our parents it would not be enough to have only one mutated form of this gene because a single good copy is all that s reuired for proper function Because of this the proper functioning gene is considered to be completely dominant over the mutated form in terms of phenotypic expressionHere is a Punnett suare showing basic concepts of Mendelian genetics Each form of the gene is called an allele B represents the dominant allele or the healthy gene form b represents the recessive allele If both parents are phenotypically normal the only way they would be able to have any offspring with this disease is if they were both carriers meaning they each have one dominant and one recessive allele In this way they are said to be heterozygous for this trait the genotype of which is represented as Bb For any child they conceive there would exist a 25% chance of that child inheriting two recessive alleles This is referred to as being homozygous recessive the genotype of which is represented as bb Only homozygous recessive children will express the diseaseSince the protagonist of this novel has unluckily inherited both recessive alleles one from each of his parents he ends up with the disorder So what is this disorder exactly The 5 Reductase gene codes for an enzyme which converts testosterone into a potent sex steroid called dihydrotestosterone or DHT which plays a fundamental role in the formation of the male sex organs Since disease subjects do not have the ability to convert testosterone into DHT they end up with too much testosterone and not enough DHT which in some cases leads to the formation of ambiguous genitaliaThese ambiguous genitalia form one of the many but probably the most interesting subjects of the novel The author begins by tracing the history of these recessive alleles back through the family lineage before elegantly leading us to the budding of the protagonist s crocus his ambiguous little penis stub yes you should click there and yes you should see that movie Perhaps not surprisingly the historical tracing reveals some ancestral inbreeding as well And since the protagonist is still genotypically male even though he doesn t know it and neither do his parents or anybody else the real fun begins when he enters pubertyWhen I met with my book club to talk about this fantastic novel a few pronoun choices were used for describing the protagonist he she he she it etc But all joking aside the protagonist is male He is male by genotypic definition he has two healthy sex chromosomes one of which is a Y and he sexually identifies himself as male which is consistent with other real life sufferers of 5 Reductase deficiency

Summary Middlesex

Middlesex

Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition era Detroit witn. I was born twice first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960 and then again as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey Michigan in August of 1974 I d heard Middlesex was about a character who was born intersex and raised as a girl a compelling enough premise on its own but I didn t realize this book was a rich complex family drama spanning multiple generations and featuring heavy subjects like incest immigration family secrets and twentieth century AmericaIt seems some readers were disappointed about this and wanted from our protagonist and narrator but I honestly love these kind of stories So many characters came in and out of this novel and were in turns likeable deserving of sympathy annoying and downright insufferable but kind of in a good way I love it when authors create such well drawn individuals who feel so completely real and alive it makes me far invested in their storiesAnd there is so much going on here We are taken on a journey of familial and genetic history from a small Greek village to Detroit prohibition race riots and many cultural changes to suburban Michigan Eugenides allows Cal to explore his identity and come to terms with who he is by taking his story way back to the beginning Back before he uestioned his gender back before he was even conceivedI actually uite liked the idea that a person has been years in the making long before they re born That our stories begin way before us in far off lands in communities and societies that are foreign to us Not to get too cheesy but there s something pleasantly overwhelming about novels that make me feel small amid the vast expanse of the universeI really liked it I liked the science I liked the history And I really liked the novel s humanity all these unforgettable characters each having an important part to play in the story of Calliope Cal StephanidesBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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Ily secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction Lyrical and thrilling Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American ep. This is a book about transitionTransition from child to adult to parent and grandparentFrom native to immigrantFrom brother and sister to husband and wifeFrom rural dweller to urbaniteFrom modest affluence to poverty and up againFrom loving language to losing the power of speechFrom geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrestFrom belief to unbeliefFrom rescued to rescuerFrom moral probity to corruption and crimeOh and one character transitions from female to maleThe last of those is the book s USP but don t let that fool you it s no limited to those with niche interests in intersex conditions than it s limited to those of Greek heritage It is an unusual story but with universal themes told by a wonderfully engaging lyrical narratorFew of us fit neatly into binary categories We all go through many transitions in our lives the final one is only another kind of emigration This book speaks to everyone not just those like Cal s family who have always had a knack for self transformationPlotThe family originally raised silkworms so metamorphosis and long threads are at the heart of their lives as well as the story No fear of spoilers the key aspects are summarised in the opening paragraphs starting with I was born twice first as a baby girl and then again as a teenage boy The rest of the book brings two strands together Cal s grandparents Lefty and Desdemona fleeing the Turks in 1922 as siblings and arriving in the US as husband and wife and how that meant Cal ended up with a recessive intersex condition and is now telling his story He sometimes addresses the reader directly shout outs to deus ex machina Checkov s gun etcIn many respects it is a conventional sweeping family drama of the ups and downs of the American Dream building and rebuilding businesses against the backdrop of the Vietnam war and civil rights movement but with an extra dose of teen angst about puberty or lack thereof However the final few chapters strike an oddly different tone Octopussy s Garden is partly to hammer home the parallels with Greek mythology and echo a passage in the middle where Cal muses on the transformations of puberty using sea creatures as an analogy but the final intrigue and chase felt very off key compared with the rest of the bookThere is also an innate female circularity to the story perhaps because Greeks believe that to be happy you have to find variety in repetition that to go forward you have to come back to where you began This is compounded by some reversal like Amis s execrable Time s Arrow in old age Lefty s mind and memories go into reverse and in an early section Cal describes his birth like a film on rewindDestiny The Known and UnknownCal is omniscient not just when he remembers things he wouldn t be able to recall including being a foetus but also in terms of how much he knows about other people s inner thoughts and private actions On a few occasions it feels a little weird the erotic significance of the grandmother s corset for instance but it s how he makes the extraordinary aspects of the plot credible he has already conjured believable characters the reader cares about Nevertheless the lack of knowledge often displayed is staggering yet just about plausible The most significant examples are that Desdemona and Lefty get away with their relationship and that no one realises Calliope as he originally is is not a girl There are others though such as teenage fumblings and at which point Cal clearly understood that I wasn t a girl but something in between though the boy involved did notSome of the ignorance is cultivated When Desdemona and Lefty fake a courtship on the boat Lefty never discouraged any speculation He seized the opportunity of transatlantic travel to reinvent himself Aware that whatever happened now would become the truth Playing out this imaginary flirtation they began to believe it it wasn t other travellers they were trying to convince it was themselvesForgetting also matters Everything about Middlesex the house spoke of forgetting and everything about Desdemona made plain the inescapability of forgettingThere are echoes of Greek mythology throughout which gives a certain weight and tone to how Cal tells it For instance An infinite number of possible selves crowded the threshold as Cal s parents prepare to conceive him and it s no coincidence that his childhood church was the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church and that they later move to Middlesex Boulevard It also creates an additional layer of foreshadowing Cal s father is conceived after his parents see a play about a hybrid monster and at a significant medical appointment about Cal Milton Cal s father wears traditional Tragedy and Comedy masks as cufflinks which way will it goSexSexual identity is key Desdemona is obsessed with predicting the sex of unborn children and Cal himself was only conceived because his parents really wanted a girl they already had a son and believed they had found a way to improve the odds of that He was born at the women s hospital and It was all around me from the beginning the weight of female suffering with its biblical justification and vanishing acts Nothing unusual was noticed by the elderly doctor so Five minutes old and already the themes of my life chance and sex announced themselvesThere is relatively little about Cal s adaptation to living as a man though there is a sweet sideline in learning how to date women the perils of what to tell them when etc Most of the story leads up to that realization the agonies of not developing when her friends do then growing oddly tall and awkward struggling with infatuation with girls etc However there are glimpses of the adult issues I m not androgynous when Calliope surfaces she does so like a childhood speech impediment It s a little like being possessed Callie rises up inside me wearing my skin like a loose robe But then just as suddenly she is leaving shrinking and melting away inside me Cal is currently in Berlin and This once divided city reminds me of myself A childhood trip to Cyprus was cancelled by annexation Cyprus was being cut in half like all the other places in the world that were no longer one thing or the otherIt is incest that causes Cal s condition but there is no rancour in the telling of the story perhaps because it s not just Desdemona and Lefty Other cousins married each other Cal s parents are cousins conceived on the same day who grew up together and even some couples who are not related by blood have a rather incestuous aspect a much older husband who treats his wife in some ways like a daughter an engaged couple who split only for the spurned man to marry the sister of her new boyfriend one sibling suggesting another experiment with masturbation a first sexual encounter with a best friend s brother followed by intimacy with the friend But none of it s salacious A uiet irony is that the English test at Ellis Island is about eunuchs DesdeomonaCal s grandmother is central to the book In many ways they have very contrasting lives but there are surprising parallels too After an initial coldness there is a special bond between them Desdemona disapproved of Milton and Tessie marrying of trying to choose their sex of the baby and was then upset when her prediction of a boy was wrong However she was uickly won over at which point Cal gave Desdemona back her original sinShe had been an innocent village girl surprised by developments of her own body as well as her heart and that of her brother Her body was a constant embarrassment to her It was always announcing itself in ways she didn t want to sanctionher body was still a stranger to its owner which applies just as much to Cal Similarly just as Desdemona had to reinvent herself as wife instead of sister and forge an identity in a new country Callie becomes Cal Like a stroke victim as Lefty was I was having to learn all the most simple skills and I was like an immigrant to the world of men Diagnosis and Treatment What Determines GenderFrom my birth when they went undetected to my baptism where they upstaged the priest to my troubled adolescence when they didn t do much of anything and then did everything at once my genitals have been the most significant thing that ever happened to meGender is not always clearcut determined by a variety of influences chromosomal sex gonadal sex hormones internal genital structures external genitals and most important the sex of rearing The last is the belief of the doctor who saw it as like a native tongue imprinted in the brain during childhood Cal raised as a girl proves otherwiseCal s father looks to medicine to fix her problem and both parents react differently Milton heard the words that were there He heard treatment and effective Tessie on the other hand heard the words that weren t there The doctor hadn t said my name He hadn t said daughter either He didn t use any pronouns Cal is left poised between the print of genetics and the White Out of surgery But we re all made up of many partsControversy Appropriateness and SensitivitySome uestion Eugenides right to write a book like this He is Greek American but does not have any intersex condition and is not a trans person Further Cal and his doctors uses the term hermaphrodite which many find offensive when applied to peopleAs a straight cis woman with no medical background I guess I am not really in a position to defend against such criticisms Nevertheless I think those who actually read it would find it hard to take offence at the sensitive and insightful way this aspect is portrayed As for the H word I expect it s what doctors in the 1960s would have used and there are still places where 5 Alpha Reductase Deficiency is described in such terms Eugenides has said The story of Hermaphroditus the beautiful son of Hermes and Aphrodite is one I retell in modern guise in two different sections of the book and I m referring not to a person or a group of people but to a literary character From For me one of the bigger issues is the focus of mid teen Cal s desires The Obscure Object Calling a girl or woman an object can t be good can it Yet it doesn t come across as objectifying in the usual sense It s a way of preserving anonymity and distance reflecting her special idolised position in Cal s life More troubling is the the issue of consent view spoilerIf one partner is apparently asleep but enjoying things and the pattern is repeated over many nights is that OK As a plain uestion I d say not but the way it s described I m inclined to sit firmly on the fence Another tricky aspect is the exploitation or not of sex workers even if it s dressed up as empowerment I m not convinced it is hide spoiler Our Street the astonishing genetic history After Freud Left that Strangers in The Night turns Callie into Cal one of Planet of Microbes the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction Lyrical and Power Failure thrilling Middlesex is an 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10 thoughts on “Middlesex

  1. says:

    I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn’t keep me fro

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    Don't judge a book by its coverI'd seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers so I decided to pick it up The title Middlesex suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship and a uote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty part Ishmael So I came to the foolish conclusion that this was some 19th century English seafaring novel TypicalI couldn't have been wr

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    “I was born twice first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey Michigan in August of 1974” I'd heard Middlesex was about a character who was born intersex and raised as a girl a compelling enough premise on its own but I didn't realize this book was a rich complex family drama spanning multiple generations and featuring heavy subjects lik

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    Alright it’s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpieceBeing a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I’ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science I find the premise of this novel to be incredibly interesting5α Reductase deficiency is an a

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    This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone

  6. says:

    Exactly the flawless masterpiece you've heard it is I've read hundreds of novels in my day this is in the top 3 On eual shelf with A Confederacy of Dunces Blonde My own personal trifecta perfecta The THE the best novels of ALL TIME I will never stop lauding this book Unbelievable mythic; the stuff from the Gods to anyone with an eye brain to receive from the way up up up heightsThis is LIFE AFFIRMING literature

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    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of CalliopeCal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cinématographiue narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his c

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    This isn’t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I would recommend it Now onwards to my shameSo Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides Please understand it was a really long line after a similarly long day at work We passed the time chitchatting about this

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    This is a book about transitionTransition from child to adult to parent and grandparentFrom native to immigrantFrom brother and sister to husband and wifeFrom rural dweller to urbaniteFrom modest affluence to poverty and up againFrom loving language to losing the power of speechFrom geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrestFrom belief to unbeliefFrom rescued to rescuerFrom moral probity to corruption and crimeOh and

  10. says:

    Some people inherit houses; others paintings or highly insured violin bows Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name I got a recessive gene on my fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeedLet me say f

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