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The Emperor's Children


Danielle, a junior television producer, is on the hunt for the documentary idea that will make her reputation; Marina, the beautiful daughter of a ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.667


by Jtny on Jan 29, 2009

this book has nothing that inspired me... it was boring, tedious and the characters were poor. i didn't care for the characters and their lives... i read this book because i had to. More


Like its characters, a hollow thing of beauty

by LizaL33 on May 8, 2008

I wanted to read this book after I heard an interview with the author describing her process of writing this book. Apparently, she had come to a point with the characters and the story which she did not know how to get past. She, in fact, started to dislike all the characters and to find them deluded ... More


Plenitude and Privilege

by rejoyce on Aug 29, 2007

"Culture follows money," F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote. Claire Messud's novel, The Emperor's Children traces the intersecting lives of three friends who met as students at an Ivy League university, their relationships and careers as they negotiate the heady upper reaches of New York society, and the ... More


Relationships & Adult Children

by Paintbrush on Jul 26, 2007

Well worth the time to read this. Makes for interesting character and contemporary culture analysis. More


A beautiful, complex novel

by Emily11507 on Jul 8, 2007

Claire Messud has crafted a deliberate, taut novel that reflects the inner worlds of several interconnected characters living in a world that is too enameled and artificial (until it comes tumbling down). One of the best novels to capture American society and 9/11. More

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