The End of The Emperor’s Children

November 7, 2007 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children | Leave a comment

In two words: it sucks.  Let’s move on to something else.  How about the Wildacre series by Philippa Gregory?  I’m up for anything that isn’t like this book.


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.

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

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.

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!

Two Weeks and Counting

August 27, 2007 at 3:08 am | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, Our Next Book, The Emperor's Children | 2 Comments

The Literate Housewives seem to be happy to be finished with our book club’s virgin (yeah, right!) voyage.  Just because we’ve collectively destroyed at least 3 copies of Perfect Match doesn’t mean we’re down for the count. On Monday, September 10, we will begin our next book:


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