The Emperor's Children

✓ The Emperor's Children ß Claire Messud - The Emperor's Children, The Emperor s Children The Emperor s Children is a richly drawn brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune about the intersections in the lives of three friends now on the cusp of their thirties making their way and ✓ The Emperor's Children ß Claire Messud - The Emperor's Children, The Emperor s Children The Emperor s Children is a richly drawn brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune about the intersections in the lives of three friends now on the cusp of their thirties making their way and

  • Title: The Emperor's Children
  • Author: Claire Messud
  • ISBN: 9780307276667
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
The Emperor's Children

✓ The Emperor's Children ß Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children, Claire Messud, The Emperor s Children The Emperor s Children is a richly drawn brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune about the intersections in the lives of three friends now on the cusp of their thirties making their way and not in New York City Friends at Brown University Marina Danielle and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their s Marina lives with her celebratThe ✓ The Emperor's Children ß Claire Messud - The Emperor's Children, The Emperor s Children The Emperor s Children is a richly drawn brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune about the intersections in the lives of three friends now on the cusp of their thirties making their way and

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The Emperor's Children

About “Claire Messud

  • Claire Messud

    Claire Messud is an American novelist and literature and creative writing professor She is best known as the author of the 2006 novel The Emperor s Children She lives with her husband and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Messud grew up in the United States, Australia, and Canada, returning to the United States as a teenager Messud s mother is Canadian, and her father is French from French Algeria She was educated at Milton Academy, Yale University, and Cambridge University, where she met her spouse, the British literary critic James Wood Messud also briefly attended the MFA program at Syracuse University.

546 thoughts on “The Emperor's Children

  • I only read about eight pages, a stately procession of blindingly obvious sentences with laser pointers and strobelights and migraines between every fooking vowel and consonant, but I don t need to read any This is exactly the sort of prose that should be excised from these mass NYC wuss fiction rollouts For example skipping forward to page 27 The insouciance, of course, masked endless and wearisome neuroses, to which Marina and Danielle were privy Of course what kind of sadistic writer throws [...]

  • Is Claire Messud Wearing Any Clothes This is a question I have been sleeping fitfully on I finished The Emperor s Children last night and I really wanted to be able to post a wholly enthusiastic assessment of it here, but I can t First, let s get rid of business This is a book that has to appear in the epilogue of my dissertation, which discusses literary reactions to the Sept 11 attacks My primary focus here is going to be on how in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer uses [...]

  • 1 There s the grand old man of letters, Murray Thwaite, and the erotic charge in his relationship with his beautiful, adoring daughter Marina, who begins a relationship with and eventually marries Ludovic, an editor and a rising young Turk among the chattering classes, a man Murray despises and who despises Murray in turn Messud begins to weave a Jamesian tale in which Murray and Ludovic, monsters of egotism, vie for control of the affections of the passive, childlike Marinabut then she drops th [...]

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  • I have less than 100 pages left in this one, but don t foresee the end changing my opinion.I hated this book Hated I must not be smart enough to get it , since I didn t go to Brown and all But really, can you not put entire sentences in parenthesis within your other run on, never ending sentences Please I mean seriously, get an editor us 300 pages I felt the need to consult a dictionary every other page, but really just didn t care that much to understand what EXACTLY, SPECIFICALLY, GARRULOUSLY [...]

  • I found The Emperor s Children incredibly disappointing The reviews I had read just raved and raved, but I disliked it intensely Shallow, solipsistic characters about whom I couldn t even bring myself to care neither could the author apparently, as some were nothing than lazy ciphers the guy from Australia, Julius s boyfriend, the wife Good God, if you are going to stoop to the jaded device of bringing in an alienated outsider to stir things up, please take the time at least to develop the char [...]

  • I didn t start to get into this one until about 200 pages in, when out of nowhere came intrigue scandal Until that point the characters came across as either too irritating or too false to grab me Seriously, Ludovic Seeley Bootie Tubb Sounds like a cartoon villain and his sidekick I did find myself drawn in, though, around page 200 as I said, and there were many instances at which I did really admire the author s writing whether for a particular turn of phrase or a keenly drawn insight And then [...]

  • I m sure I wrote a review of this book Not sure where it went I read this book when it first came out one summer when staying at Harbin Hot Springs for the summer Read most of it outside under a tree each day I love this author The Woman Upstairs is my favorite I liked this book however my one problem with it , was I felt the writing was MUCH sophisticated than the story itself I must have looked up vocabulary words in this book than 10 other fiction books combined Anything Claire Writes is wo [...]

  • Entitlement, said Danielle It s about a sense of entitlement Pretty much sums up the book Claire Messud s The Emperor s Children is a very familiar story As soon as you start reading it, you get the sense that you ve been here before The setting New York City, where roughly 64% of all novels take place and the characters over educated and entitled young people have been done before What sets The Emperor s Children apart is a bit subtle For one, the young people aren t that young, being in their [...]

  • I did not like this, so it gets only one star.As I plodded through this I kept wondering what the book was trying to say It is about growing up, standing on your own two feet and making your own way We look at three kids who have graduated from Brown University, two girls and a gay guy They are all approaching thirty and the year is 2001 All are floundering in every way imaginable, both on a personal level and in getting themselves established in a career All are extremely naive and terribly sha [...]

  • After finally finishing this book in an agonizing three days, I read the NYT book review on line to try to figure out why the NYT would consider this book is notable Evidently, Massud is a writer s writer and the reviewer herself was a Brown graduate in her 30s Not being either a writer or a Brown graduate, and being in the later half of my 30 s, nothing in this book grabbed or amused me, save, perhaps, the character of Julius This is due in part to the forced use of 10 cent words when others wo [...]

  • My personal bible the Sunday New York Times Book Review claimed that this novel was the best of the year, the first to tackle the issues of the current 30 something generation, the first to directly deal with September 11 in fiction form and basically brilliant I went into this book with high expectations and was not disappointed.The characters in this novel are all superbly drawn and voiced, each seems like a separate, distinct being with individual loves, fears, insecurities, desires and above [...]

  • This book came in for a drubbing from the community that was very much at odds with the fulsome praise on its back cover Where I shall I situate myself on this continuum of blame to praise At over 400 pages, The Emperor s Children is long, but I raced through it, inhaling sections like I ve been known to do with big bowls of salty, buttery popcorn This may have something to do with where I m at, right now craving the kind of escape that narrative provides but it s also a testament to the author [...]

  • There are several things that I did not like about this book For starters, the writing style and language used was rather arrogant, pompous, and supercilious Do you get my point She used multiple adjectives that mean the same thing and also used words that sound like they were straight out of Dawson s Creek NO ONE talks like that I think she may have spent time looking up fancier ways to phrase things rather than on the plot I didn t like this book from the beginning and it killed me trying to [...]

  • This book s summary boasts a spectacular story, but the writing was flat, the characters were unlikable and difficult to relate to, and the author herself seems to have hated the characters during this book s writing, giving them such wretched lives without reason that it just comes off as depressing and unrealistic.

  • We ve all caught glimpses of them before, but Claire Messud has captured and pinned under glass members of a striking subspecies of the modern age the smart, sophisticated, anxious young people who think of themselves as the cultural elite Trained for greatness in the most prestigious universities, these shiny liberal arts graduates emerge with expensive tastes, the presumption of entitlement and no real economic prospects whatsoever If you re one of them or if you can t resist the delicious ple [...]

  • I had wanted to read this book for a long time and chose it for my book club This was a very hard book to read, very hard to care about the characters but it took me over 1 2 through the book to start to be interested in the characters This book had a lot of words on a page and a lot of big words The story in relation to the title was very interesting and I ve read this is being made into a movie which was another reason i wanted to read it and I m sure it will be a good movie All the characters [...]

  • Maybe the best example I ve ever found of the disconnect between what the average reader enjoys and what literary critics say is good.

  • This is my generation, what can I say Educated in the best of institutions, overburdened by self analysis, underemployed, wondering what it will all lead to after our parents have cut the umbilical cord finally How could it not resonate

  • A last minute, impulsive buy at the airport, en route to France, that I thought I remembered reading really good things about I read it on the plane, I read it in hotels, I read it on the train At first, I thought, she writes well and this is good I have children younger than those in the book, so was interested in the fates and trajectories of her characters, even though several of them were pretty unlikeable The I read, the I kept waiting for the good parts By the time it ended, I knew there [...]

  • This book follows three Brown graduates at that crossroads of turning 30, trying to reach their potential and somewhat confused about why they haven t SO disappointing that there wasn t much insight associated with this bookI was really looking forward to reading it, being a Brown graduate who just dealt with reaching my 30s and having read fantastic reviews of the book Aside Why did Messud have to pick on Brown There are shallow failures from every school Okay, enough personal complaining.I fou [...]

  • EVERYONE IN NEW YORK HAS SEX WITH EACH OTHER Also, this is an actual sentence But for right now, on the Sunday evening the week after the wedding, it just felt as though she were married not to a man but to The Monitor or rather, that she was not married at all, because it was after nine p.m and she had packed in hours ago the issue in all its glory wouldn t be sent to the printer until Tuesday night and her part was done, for this first time at least, and the pieces for her section in the secon [...]

  • It s no secret how The Emperor s Children will end Claire Messud s novel follows a group of New Yorkers, all connected in some way, during the summer and fall of 2001, culminating with the terrorist attacks of September 11 The tragedy is unavoidable and, for the reader, completely foreseen But this isn t a book about September 11 Messud doesn t rely on or construct her story around the impending disaster like, say, something like Titanic does What s important here is not that the tragedy occurs, [...]

  • On the cover of this book about people living in New York it says this book received the honor of best book of the year from the New York Times Talk about navel contemplation, because I truly cannot understand why this book won any awards The book is borderline horrid It s as if each character is like the writer character in Sideways, so painful to watch that it s tempting to turn off the movie Too much detail, too much wining, too much fuss about everything that takes away from the basic charac [...]

  • I was excited to read this book since it had so much buzz surrounding it While it was fine and read quickly, I found myself wondering who cares None of the characters were particularly likeable and the plot wasn t very interesting.

  • I remember hearing great things about this book when it came out about five years ago, but it was the kind of praise that didn t really resonate with me Fast forward to the present, and now having it read it, I can see why The book is a truly mystifying mess of fairly stock characters engaged in the most egregious privileged Manhattanite navel gazing imaginable, written in outrageously pretentious and contorted run on sentences I would have gladly abandoned the book after fifty pages in the pres [...]

  • It s 2001 in Manhattan, and each character is trying with varying levels of commitment to do something or be someone that matters Three friends Marina, Danielle, and Julius have just turned thirty and are staring down their disappointments unfinished book manuscripts, botched projects, failed love affairs, apartments where pets go to die Marina s father, renowned social critic Murray Thwaite, is struggling to write what he hopes will be his masterwork Then his nephew Bootie drops out of college [...]

  • The first chapter seemed so much like an airport romance novel that I almost stopped reading, sure I had gotten this book confused with another I wish I had stopped then, or I wish it would have been a flighty romance Instead, I cringed my way through this sophomoric Love Actually meets existentialism and its stilted dialogue and pretentious pseudo philosophic prose only to be put off SPOILER ISH ALERT by the author s reliance on 9 11 as a pivot point for all of the characters I m not against th [...]

  • I was forewarned about this book, yet it was something we were reading for my book group, so I found my way through it I am sorry I did.Seldom has a novel been so annoying and offensive to me The author created completely unlikeable characters that she seemed to hold in distain as well She had to tell the reader why they were flawed, too, instead of letting us figure it out on our own She had unkind things to say about the part of NY I hail from, making the most vexing characters come from there [...]

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