- Audio CD
- Publisher: Random House; Unabridged edition (30 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307913600
- ISBN-13: 978-0307913609
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 15 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Customer Reviews: 645 customer ratings
The Woman Upstairs Audio CD – 30 April 2013
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About the Author
CLAIRE MESSUD's last novel, The Emperor's Children, was a New York Times,Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her first novel,When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel,The Last Life, won Britain's Encore Award. Her short fiction has been included in thePenguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, edited by Jane Urquhart. Raised in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, where she attended the Toronto French School and UTS, Messud was a judge for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.
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Other reveiws have praised the quality of the writing. Maybe, but for me, not being a poet, if you can't get past the lack of a strong plot, not one single likeable character, or a decent ending, then I am a lost cause.
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This was one book which made me think at the end of it, why did I bother?
I am still pondering over the ending, which comes as a shock and turns the rest of the book on its head. At first I took against it, because it just didn't seem to be in character. I still find it saddening and disturbing, but at the same time I can see how it flows from some of the book's development. What I don't like, though, is the message that the author seems to be sending in the book's opening and closing sentences that anger can be positive and liberating. Messud would perhaps say that this isn't her message but the narrator's, and if that is the case it could be taken to show that at the end of a painful experience Nora remains deluded.
It's not often that one reads a novel that sets the mind going in so many different directions, in addition to being such an enjoyable book to read. Messud deserves all the praise she gets for her achievement.
The characters are well written. A lot has been said about the main character and how likeable she is. I certainly didn't dislike, I found her very honest and real.
My only issue and it really is a small one. Is that, I didn't really relate to the story. Possible it's my age, maybe it's because the choices I've made in my life have been so different. Maybe we aren't really meant to relate to her. I mean I haven't been to Hogwarts either but I still 'got' Harry Potter.
Either way, I think it's a book worth reading even if I am slightly unsure how I feel about it