Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Claire Messud's five most important books

Claire Messud, author of The Emperor's Children and other books, recently told Newsweek about her five most important books.

She also addressed two other book-related issues:

An important book that you haven't read:

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.

It's slightly bizarre to make references without knowing what you're talking about. "Tilting at windmills"?

A classic that, upon rereading, disappointed:

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles.

It breaks my heart. I wrote my college thesis on this book. I went back to re-read it, and it no longer spoke of hidden depth. It was mannered, and I couldn't find the significance anymore.

Read about Messud's most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue