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READ & DOWNLOAD Ï 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 got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn t keep me from this night s rest I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I surveyed the apartment and discovered the source the commode and the area around it were covered in yuck I dialed up the landlord The exchange went something like this There s shit on my floor Why mince words What do you want me to do about it I want you to fix my toilet so there won t be shit on my floor Have you tried a plunger What do you think And that didn t work After 20 minutes of this verbal badminton I realized the man wasn t going to get out of bed without a signed act of congress He told me there was an all night Denny s down the street should I need a toilet during the night So it was that at 2 AM after multiple rounds of cleaning and yakking I found myself seated in the kitchen on a kibble filled bucket a can of beer in one hand and Middlesex in the other There was a place halfway between consciousness and unconsciousness where Tessie did her best thinking I d had two weeks to kill awaiting the arrival of all my worldly possessions Plenty of time to determine that the kibble bucket was ergonomically preferable to the floor or my sleeping bag With my front door situated not five feet from a four lane road and one block from a strip bar whose patrons seemed to enjoy loitering in front of my building the noise was like steel wool on my nerves which were already shot from a marathon cross country drive with three cats a dog and a friend who was hitching a ride to her father s funeral in St Louis all crammed into my car With no job no friends no furniture and now apparently no plumbing this move was beginning to look like a profound error in judgment The story of a 5 Alpha Reductase Pseudohermaphrodite proved a likely escape When you travel like I did vague about destination and with an open ended itinerary a holy seeming openness takes over your character I d only brought one book on my trip west Considerable thought went into the choice it had to be an author with a proven ability to hold my interest It had to be long enough to cover the duration of the journey And it would need to stand up to multiple readings in the event of the delay of the moving truck or my inability to obtain a library card As a creative writing major I d read The Virgin Suicides and marveled at the rotating first person narrative the subtlety of the prose and the fine edge between humor and poignance Middlesex seemed a safe betThe book was my constant companion After a day of fruitless job interviews I could go home to Callie Stephanides and her family safe in the knowledge that there were over 200 pages to go before I d need to find a new distraction But the new distraction had already found me I hadn t written anything longer than a grocery list in 8 years With all the time in the world and a good book as your muse aspirations can get pretty lofty Even back then the Great Books were working on me silently urging me to pursue the most futile human dream of all the dream of writing a book worthy of joining their number I won t say that Middlesex turned me into a writer or anything lofty like that The first time I saw Singin in the Rain I nearly concussed myself trying run up a wall When I reached the last word I closed the book Waited five minutes Began again 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 Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, #5) keep me from this night s rest I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I surveyed the apartment and discovered the source the commode and the area around it were covered in yuck I dialed up the landlord The exchange went something like this There s shit on my floor Why mince words What do you want me to do about it I want you to fix my toilet so there won t be shit on my floor Have you tried a plunger What do you think And that didn t work After 20 minutes of this verbal badminton I realized the man wasn t going to get out of bed without a signed act of congress He told me there was an all night Denny s down the street should I need a toilet during the night So it was that at 2 AM after multiple rounds of cleaning and yakking I found myself seated in the El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro kitchen on a Fragonard Art and Eroticism kibble filled bucket a can of beer in one hand and Middlesex in the other There was a place halfway between consciousness and unconsciousness where Tessie did her best thinking I d had two weeks to Mao Zedong kill awaiting the arrival of all my worldly possessions Plenty of time to determine that the The Monarchs Are Missing kibble bucket was ergonomically preferable to the floor or my sleeping bag With my front door situated not five feet from a four lane road and one block from a strip bar whose patrons seemed to enjoy loitering in front of my building the noise was like steel wool on my nerves which were already shot from a marathon cross country drive with three cats a dog and a friend who was hitching a ride to her father s funeral in St Louis all crammed into my car With no job no friends no furniture and now apparently no plumbing this move was beginning to look like a profound error in judgment The story of a 5 Alpha Reductase Pseudohermaphrodite proved a likely escape When you travel like I did vague about destination and with an open ended itinerary a holy seeming openness takes over your character I d only brought one book on my trip west Considerable thought went into the choice it had to be an author with a proven ability to hold my interest It had to be long enough to cover the duration of the journey And it would need to stand up to multiple readings in the event of the delay of the moving truck or my inability to obtain a library card As a creative writing major I d read The Virgin Suicides and marveled at the rotating first person narrative the subtlety of the prose and the fine edge between humor and poignance Middlesex seemed a safe betThe book was my constant companion After a day of fruitless job interviews I could go home to Callie Stephanides and her family safe in the Touchstone knowledge that there were over 200 pages to go before I d need to find a new distraction But the new distraction had already found me I hadn t written anything longer than a grocery list in 8 years With all the time in the world and a good book as your muse aspirations can get pretty lofty Even back then the Great Books were working on me silently urging me to pursue the most futile human dream of all the dream of writing a book worthy of joining their number I won t say that Middlesex turned me into a writer or anything lofty like that The first time I saw Singin in the Rain I nearly concussed myself trying run up a wall When I reached the last word I closed the book Waited five minutes Began again 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

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READ & DOWNLOAD Ï Middlesex 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

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READ & DOWNLOAD Ï Middlesex 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. 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 cin matographiue narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and explains his complex incestuous family history from the origins of her grandparents as Greeks fleeing Smyrna as the Turks invade to Detroit from the 20s up to the 70s The narrative time shifts between his life as a 41 year old man Cal to this running family history written in a witty humorous style which I found fun and engaging The text ingeniously woven together from history and science with many recurrent themes silkworms Greek orthodox beliefs and practices guilt and redemption etc I couldn t put this book down This is the only Eugenides book I have read but it will definitely check out his other booksAn interesting sidenote trying to explain the book daddy is reading to my 7yo daughter and my 10yo son I was able to painlessly explain why brothers and sisters cannot get married a very common kid s uestion and even reproductive functions in a painless and intuitive way since Callie has organs of both sexes but the penis zizi in kid s French is inside her vagina zezette she cannot have babies and will never menstruate clean the house where the baby can live She also has too many male hormones to develop breasts which happens about the same time or just before menstruation This deformation was the improbable result of the union of a brother and sister two generations back Nature wants to ensure a varied gene pool and thus it is better to seek love outside one s own family This explanation seemed to satisfy both of them UPDATE Great recent article at good housekeepingcom

  • Paperback
  • 529
  • Middlesex
  • Jeffrey Eugenides
  • English
  • 24 February 2019
  • 9780312422158