Reading for Week 3

September 21, 2007 at 2:42 am | Posted in TEC Week 3 | 6 Comments

This week we are reading chapters 14 – 20.  I hope to post my comments on time, but I’m behind on my reading.  Last week I finished my reading on Wednesday, but it took me over a week to post.  My universe is a little out of alignment right now.  How’s yours?


TEC ~ Week 2; Chapters 7 – 13

September 21, 2007 at 2:40 am | Posted in TEC Week 2, The Emperor's Children | Leave a comment

I enjoyed my reading for week 2 better than I did for week 1.  When there was dialog or action, the reading went fast.  There was less character development in this installment.  The plot points that we were looking for during week 1 have started to take shape similarly to the way an eye chart does:

  • Even though we may seem to have it all together on the outside, we don’t.
  • We don’t really always want what we think we want.
  • Everyone is converging on New York City (assuming they weren’t already there).

I think the character that I’m most interested in at this point is Bootie.  I don’t know why, other than that I just have to root for someone who tries to make his own way.

TEC ~ Week 1; Chapters 1 – 6

September 10, 2007 at 8:35 pm | Posted in TEC Week 1, The Emperor's Children | 3 Comments

With the exception of “Car Talk,” I tend to find NPR on the stuffy, if not stuck up, side.  I never listened to it until I moved to Virginia.  My husband listens to the news and “Fresh Air” on an almost daily basis.  Over the years, as my politics has moved toward the center, I’ve not minded listening to the news programs as much.  I still feel like it is aimed at the upper crust despite and/or over educated being called our nation’s public radio.  It is from this source that I first heard of The Emperor’s Children.  After reading the first six chapters, I’m beginning to think that my instincts are correct.  I’m crossing my fingers that b*babbler’s enjoying this one!

When I first began reading, I couldn’t really concentrate.  This is most definitely attributed to the double eye infection I was developing.  Still, Claire Messud’s writing style is frankly hard for me to follow.  I’m not used to having to reread sentences so often.  To me, they are choppy and needlessly lengthy.  I have started scanning pages, anxiously counting the number of paired em dashes.  I have nothing against the em dash, either.  I just don’t like the way that Messud has been using them.

I’m going to cut this book some slack, though.  This is only the beginning of the book and she had her main characters to introduce.  I can’t say that I like any of them other than Danielle – I think.  That being said, I could completely relate with Marina’s home alone paranoia.  I can just think about the theme music to “Unsolved Mysteries” and freak myself out.  I would have called my token single, gam male friend over myself.  Perhaps as the story picks up the em dashes will work…

Your thoughts?

The Emperor’s Children ~ Reading Schedule

September 2, 2007 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children | Leave a comment

I finally got my copy of the book in the mail yesterday. I am so excited! I looked through the book. Since it’s just over 450 pages, I thought it would be easiest to break it up by chapter in 50 +/- pages each week. Here is the reading schedule:

  1. Chapters 1 – 6
  2. Chapters 7 – 13
  3. Chapters 14 – 20
  4. Chapters 21 – 27
  5. Chapters 28 – 36
  6. Chapters 37 – 43
  7. Chapters 44 – 52
  8. Chapters 53 – 60
  9. Chapters 61 – EOB (end of book)

I hope that this seems manageable to everyone.

I’ve also thought about the option of having people write their own posts versus commenting on my posts. What do you think about the idea of keeping it to comments? If there is a line of discussion that seems to stand out, that can then become it’s own topic. I will lead for this book and will post my opening comments on or before Monday, September 10. Then, if there is someone who would like to lead the next book, we can set that up. Sound good?

Now, let’s start reading The Emperor’s Children ~ On your mark, get set, go!

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