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?

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.

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?

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