Friday, December 22, 2006

148. "The Emperor's Children" ~ Claire Messud


Yet another overwrought ode to New York City... this time using 9/11 as the climax. For all those who have loved this book, including reviewers, is it because of the city?

I ask this question because this novel received outstanding reviews. I found the typical NYC liter-ahry scene (nepotism, pseudo-intellectuals, snobbery) tired and gray. I hoped with each new page that it would get better. It didn't.

No backstory about the book. It's simply to awful to suffer through.

.5 out of 5.0 Festering Boils.

1 comment:

Bibliolatrist said...

This book is also on my 'to read' list...looks like I'll be thinking twice before picking it up. Thanks for the warning.