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The Emperor's Children - Claire Messud
The Emperor's Children
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Danielle, a junior television producer, is on the hunt for the documentary idea that will make her reputation; Marina, the beautiful daughter of a famous and wealthy liberal journalist and intellectual, is desperate to prove her worth - while unsure exactly of how this is to be achieved; Julius,... show more
Danielle, a junior television producer, is on the hunt for the documentary idea that will make her reputation; Marina, the beautiful daughter of a famous and wealthy liberal journalist and intellectual, is desperate to prove her worth - while unsure exactly of how this is to be achieved; Julius, a freelance writer of devastating book reviews, is determined to live a fabulous Manhattan lifestyle on a budget of nothing at all. "The Emperor's Children" follows these three friends - and their overlapping social and family circles - through their day-to-day lives, their perceived struggles and successes and their constant search for meaning and authenticity. Sweeping in scope, minutely perceptive about the nuances of Manhattan life, with richly drawn characters and vivid prose, "The Emperor's Children" is a finely textured portrait of a particular place at a particular moment - and a haunting illustration how the events of a single day can change everything, for ever. It reveals Claire Messud as a novelist in bloom, writing at the height of her powers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 0307264190
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Damn Good Books (or not)
Damn Good Books (or not) rated it
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3 and 1/2 stars
Somewhere Far Beyond
Somewhere Far Beyond rated it
1.0 The Emperor's Children
Honestly, I couldn't finish this book. I really tried, but it was stronger than me. I don't like leaving books without finishing; however, I don't have enough time to waste it with books that don't catch my attention in the least bit. None of the characters was likeable, and in every chapter I was p...
Heather Lire's Reading Life
Heather Lire's Reading Life rated it
3.0
This was an okay book for me. I had a really hard time getting into it. The story was so-so for me. Not the genre I normally read.
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
This is the kind of novel that's intriguing, but difficult to embrace fully because there's a sense of distance. It falls into the general category of "social satire," which is one that I frequently enjoy, but since it usually requires third-person voice and perspective in order to work most effecti...
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