Eugenides's updated Austen

By SHARON STEEL  |  October 12, 2011
main_eugenides_480
For his long-awaited third novel, Jeffrey Eugenides goes back to look at love in the '80s — and apparently decides that it's a lot like love in the early 19th century. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author explores this idea through three individuals placed in a classic triangle of lust and anguish: Madeleine Hanna, Leonard Bankhead, and Mitchell Grammaticus. Eugenides guides the trio through a piercing and gorgeous Austen-esque romance, beginning during their senior year at Brown University in the early '80s, and ending as their first postgraduate year comes to a close.

In Pride and Prejudice's dénouement, Jane Austen plans a stunning reversal for the handsome and haughty Mr. Darcy, spinning all of his personality faults and uncivil tendencies into charming assets. Leonard Bankhead is Madeleine's Mr. Darcy. Yet just as Madeleine (working on a thesis about Austen and George Eliot) is a hotter, more Suicide Girl version of Pride's Elizabeth Bennet, Leonard possesses all of Darcy's good looks and smug bravado with none of his virtues.

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |   next >
  Topics: Books , Books, Jane Austen, Jeffrey Eugenides,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SHARON STEEL
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   YO, JONNY! THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE  |  February 05, 2013
    Sometime after becoming a YouTube megastar and crashing into the cult of personality that has metastasized in contemporary society, Teddy Wayne's 11-year-old bubblegum idol Jonny Valentine is hanging out in his dressing room getting a blow job from a girl who doesn't even like his music.
  •   LENA DUNHAM AND HBO GET IT RIGHT  |  April 13, 2012
    When a new television show chronicling the lives of young women arrives, it tends to come packaged with the promise that it will expertly define them, both as a generation and a gender.
  •   EUGENIDES'S UPDATED AUSTEN  |  October 12, 2011
    For his long-awaited third novel, Jeffrey Eugenides goes back to look at love in the '80s — and apparently decides that it's a lot like love in the early 19th century.
  •   REVIEW: RINGER  |  September 08, 2011
    Sixty seconds into the CW's new psychological thriller Ringer, star Sarah Michelle Gellar is seen running from a masked attacker in the darkness.
  •   LOVE'S LEXICOGRAPHER  |  February 10, 2011
    As the editorial director at Scholastic, David Levithan is surrounded by emotional stories about adolescents. Being overexposed to such hyperbolic feelings about feelings could easily turn a writer off pursuing such ventures himself — despite the secrets he may have picked up along the way.  

 See all articles by: SHARON STEEL