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Messud was utterly incapable of making the reader care about ANY of her characters.
Much has been said about the lack of plot, the lack of character development and PARTICULARLY the poor sentence structure which makes it very difficult to read.
In summary, all six of Ms. Messud's characters are part of a literary intelligentsia.
I really want to like this book -- i do!! It has so much potential but like many of the reviews on here, I agree that the writing is so long winded that you forget what is going on... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I just don't get the negative reviews. I found this book to be a compelling read, with fully developed characters. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Klplmc
Having read so many glowing reviews, I was disappointed by the lack of coherent plot, the unsympathetic characters, and the fractured nature of the storytelling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tara Innes
I loved this book, was overwhelmed by the broad range of emotions Messud explored in it and would love to see my bookclub take it under it's wing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Campbell
An interesting insight into middle-class America. It looks into the hearts and minds of the 30+ generation of the 21st century. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geraldine ONeill
I have been reading the book the second time now...for details, for dialogues, for pleasure...Addictive read it is...for me, at least. KPublished 3 months ago by katka
A very New York book with story lines converging at 9-11. I didn't find it all that evocative of the city, and the characters are all unappealing in some degree. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MCB
This book was,sorry to say, terrible. The characters are boring and so is the story line. I read the woman upstairs and that was phenomenal that's why I read this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elena