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Virgin suicides

Posted by jessicakmalfoy on 2005.08.17 at 20:57
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: stone cold - the deuce project
well, i have finally finished reading The Virgin Suicides. About half way through the book, I rented the movie so I could rewatch it. Man, I love this book!


The movie made me like Trip and adore Josh Harnett. The book makes me want to marry Trip. The several page description of him and his lifestyle was great. The movie does the intro to Trip scene as good as a movie could, I think, with him walking down the hall to the song "Magic Man", but everything about him in the book was fantastic.

The most, uh, memorable part of the book that wasn't in the movie was the descriptions of how Lux kept herself from getting prego. The jellies, the creams, the "cream cheese" (that's just gross), and the "Australian method". To refresh your memory, that is when she shakes up a coke bottle and hoses down her insides (paperback version pg 149). I was reading this page while my daughter was taking a bath, and my eyes got huge and my eyebrows shot straight up and my daughter said "What mom?". It does make you wonder how she got ahold of all these things. It says when she didn't have those, she used vinegar and tomato juice because of their acidic qualities, which leads me to wonder, did these things have an even remotely reliable success rate?

Another thing I wondered about was that Lux didn't seem to enjoy sex so much. I guess she did it just for revenge or something, but let's face it, she was 14 & the guys she slept with mentioned her eyes opened or her "picking a pimple on their back" in the midst of it (ew).

The movie does point out that when the boys are in the house at the end of the movie, the basement is still like it was at the party, but in the book, damn! The descriptions of the punch and the streamers, and the water on the floor. The description of the punch is gross, but so vivid. "A brownish scum of punch lay caked in the cut-glass bowl, sprinkled with flies. The sherbert had melted long ago, but a ladle still protruded from the gummy silt..." You would think that the dad or at least one of the girls would get that cleaned up. Very odd.

Last thing before I shut up, is that this book is all about obsession. One of the boys (as an older man) even says that they prefered memories of the Lisbon girls to the flesh and blood of their wives. That's creepy and intreguing all at the same time. Because, really, they didn't even know the Lisbon girls. I mean, they were neighbors and went to school with them, but not so often did the boys ever actually talk to them. Maybe a bit at the party, and Lux, in the end, but that seems to be the extend of it. Obsession is an odd thing, because of the way it lasts and consumes.

Any thoughts?

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