Monthly Archives: March, 2014

“The Emperor’s Children” A Review

I Rated It:

2stars
I hate to suggest that I just might not be smart enough to really understand this book, but from reading other reviews, it is clear to me that reviewers were able to take away some meaning from this book that we “average readers” didn’t seem to get.  The plot seemed pretty simple to me:  A group of spoiled 30-year-old friends living in New York City trying to establish themselves and move forward with their careers meet a less privileged cousin who is apparently trying to work hard and make a name for himself in the big city by dropping out of college and selling out his own uncle.  (And if you think that’s a long sentence, you should see some of the sentences that Messud uses in the book.)  Then, along come the horrific tragedies of 9/11 leaving them all devastated and unsuccessful, feeling like they can’t move on with their lives.  At the risk of “spoiling” the book for anyone who hasn’t read it – Bootie even fakes his own death so that he can get away and start over again.  And the writing style-being a bit wordy and over done-was a little difficult to read (it’s almost as if Messud thought that the excessive use of punctuation marks would make the book sightly more interesting.)  Hyphens, parenthesis, heck she throws interjections into her sentences that are so long you have to go back and read the beginning of the sentence again to understand what she’s writing.  This one (obviously) took me a while to read.  I thought about just giving up on it several times, but I really wanted to make my way all the way through it.  Here’s what I took away from it:  “The Emperor’s Children is a pretentious, over-written book about spoiled 30-somethings in New York City over-exaggerating the difficulties of their lives.”

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