Paean to Claire Messud

So, a few days ago, self utterly gave up on Absurdistan. Funny thing is, while the novel was set in Russia and New York, she loved it. Once it moved to an imaginary country, self lost all interest.

With great trepidation, she began the next novel on her list, Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children You should read the awful things people are saying about this novel on Amazon.com, dear blog readers! Totally the worst reviews self has read of any book in all the years she’s been reading Amazon reviews.

Granted, Messud’s prose is not without its challenges. Long sentences, glittery and hard-edged. And self long ago gave up trying to keep track of all the characters (Long ago meaning: 30 pages back) But now self is on p. 59 and she’s slowly becoming seduced by this novel, finds herself lingering over (practically) every page.

Amazon.com readers be damned. When self is done with Messud, she’ll write her a brilliant review on Amazon.com. She’d do it now, but it might seem a little brazen of her to do that before she’s actually finished the book.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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