The Emperor’s Children is a richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune—about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way--and not-- in New York City. In this tour de force, the celebrated author Claire Messud brings to life a city, a generation, and the way we live in this moment.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs.
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It’s a bit disconcerting to find 9/11 so smoothly integrated into the author’s thematic concerns and plot development—it believably motivates the breakup of Murray’s affair with Danielle—but five years on, perhaps it’s time for this catastrophe to enter the realm of worthy fictional material.| Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
Messud fails, early in the novel, to provide the sort of insight into this young mans troubled soul that might make his later decisions one involving a chilling betrayal of Murray, the second involving an even more chilling act of cruelty toward his mother understandable or plausible.Aug 22 2006 | Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud 431pp, Picador, £14.99 Claire Messud's novel has a lot to live up to - not merely due to its inclusion on the Booker longlist, let alone its imposing size, but because a glance at the first line of the cover ("In Manhattan, just after the century's turn, th...Sep 09 2006 | Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
Two arrivals upset the group stasis: Ludovic, a fiercely ambitious Aussie who woos Marina to gain entrée into society (meanwhile planning to destroy Murray's reputation), and Murray's nephew, Frederick "Bootie" Tubb, an immature, idealistic college dropout and autodidact who is determined to live...| Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
Messud describes his first visit to Central Park, “He marveled silently at the shapes in which New Yorkers came, skinny driven men and women, in work clothes or clinging sportsgear, their veins popping along their rigid necks or at their tiny, taut calves…” (147) ² We travel to the subway as Fre...Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
Then Marina falls in love with a cynical Australian editor who relocates to New York to launch a new satirical magazine, and whose criticisms of Murray Thwaite's career and ideas seem somehow to diminish her father's relevance.Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
Claire Messud's masterful 1999 novel The Last Life, a faux-memoir by the privileged 14-year-old daughter of a French-Algerian father and an American mother, dealt with the false insularity of the sweet life, and the problems of wresting an identity from a family with its own powerful legacy.Oct 19 2006 | Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
Ludovic Seeley, an ambitious, snake-like editor from Australia arrives in New York with his mind set on Revolution (in metaphorical New York terms of course) as he pursues the hand of Marina.| Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.| Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
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Such a connection is clearer in Smiley's model, Boccaccio's Decameron, in which ten people remove to a villa in Italy, escaping the Black Plague, and tell stories of love, one each for ten days;| Read Full Review of The Emperor's Children
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