Week 5 Reading

October 16, 2007 at 4:01 am | Posted in Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children | Leave a comment

Chapters 28 – 36

I hate to mention that we don’t even get out of July by the end of week 5’s reading.  God help us.

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TEC ~ Week 4+, Chapters 21 – 27 (Or Death by Character Development)

October 16, 2007 at 3:58 am | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, Our Next Book, TEC Week 4, The Emperor's Children | 1 Comment
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  1. Marina might get a job with the Australian’s publication.
  2. Danielle still doesn’t know what she wants with Marina’s father or the Australian.
  3. Murray Thwaite’s writer’s block is just as bad as Marina’s. He is trying to get into Danielle’s pants as slickly as possible.
  4. Bootie is now Murray’s secretary.

Is it in poor taste to hope that September 11, 2001 comes quickly in this book? That way, at least something will be forced to happen. I thought that there was over much character development in The Way the Crow Flies, but 1) it was somewhat interesting character development and 2) it didn’t take half the damn book for the plot to get into high gear.

I demand that only interesting books with some humor in them be suggested for the next book. Do you hear that, Literatehousewife?

Oh, Yeah…

October 5, 2007 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Claire Messud, TEC Week 3, The Emperor's Children | 1 Comment
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Is it just me, or does no one have a sense of humor in The Emperor’s Children?

Week 4 Reading

October 5, 2007 at 2:17 am | Posted in Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children | 1 Comment

For next week, we’re reading Chapters 21 through 27.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually finished the reading, so I’ll be able to post about it over the weekend.

TEC ~ Week 3+; Chapters 14 – 20

October 5, 2007 at 2:14 am | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, TEC Week 3, The Emperor's Children | 1 Comment
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This section of reading has me wondering what in the world is going on with Julius.  He confuses me.  It’s very possible that he confuses himself.  Is this a classic case of “Wow, I’ve got what I want, but do I really want it?”

Actually, there doesn’t seem to be a single character confident in who they are, what they can do, and what they want.

  • Despite what Bootie might imagine, Murray Twaite is about as lost in how to proceed with his book as his daughter is.  I may be missing something, but not being able to concentrate on a book for fear that someone might walk in seems like a lie you’ve told yourself.  In the end, isn’t it easier to start an emotional affair with his daughter’s friend?
  • Marina…  Can’t write a book, can’t make a life on her own, can’t be moved to take care of her “beloved” cat when it dies.
  • Danielle may have a career as a documentary film maker, but I’m not sure how.  From what I can gather, making films requires some gumption.  For example, there is a spectacular documentary about Mark Borchardt, a young man who would do anything to be a film maker.  His potential may be questionable to some, but no one can doubt his absolute drive.  Danielle doesn’t have it.  Did she ever?
  • Bootie knew that he wanted to get to New York, but now that he’s arrived what’s next?

There actually is one character who seems to know what he wants – as least as filtered by Danielle ~ Ludovic Seeley.  I am very interested to see what becomes of him and his paper.

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