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kindle Ç The Woman Upstairs Ö Paperback Û claire messud Û ❰Reading❯ ➿ The Woman Upstairs Author Claire Messud – A New York Times  Book Review Notable Book • A Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year • A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book • A Huffington PHer beyond her boundaries until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal Told with urgency intimacy and piercing emotion this New York Times bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened transformed and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own I really wanted to read this book as it provoked a stir in the media about the likability factor of a character That coupled with a friends urging lead me right up the stairs This book seems to be one that produces so many different reactions by different readers For me I was hooked right away and couldn't put it downIt actually disturbs me that the uestion of whether or not Nora the main character is likable or not was even brought up I found her fascinating and the thought of whether or not I liked her never occurred to me This really brings up the uestion of stereotypes in our society and just how prevalent they are I found Messud's writing absolutely brilliant and was enthralled the entire timeWhile this book does lack a solid plot there is so much to chew on It revolves around Nora a schoolteacher who is the woman upstairs In the beginning Nora talked about her anger anger that she is trapped in a world that is a sham One she feels has limited her in every way Describing the woman upstairs she says We're the uiet women at the end of the 3rd floor hallway who's trash is always tidy who smiles brightly in the stairwell with a cheerful greeting and who from behind closed doors never makes a soundwe are furiouswe're completely invisible She also asks a hypothetical uestion given the chance would we rather fly or be invisible She states that most choose to fly but right away I chose to be invisible which is maybe why I loved this book so much But then again I had never considered Nora's type of invisibleThe entire story centers on a particular period of time in Nora's life where she felt alive and hopeful again It happens when a particular couple and their young son enter her life and she becomes madly obsessed with them She falls in love with them each in a different and profound way Her dream has always been to be an artist She feels life has passed her by at the age of 37 To feel this way at 37? Yet as I look at societies obsession with youth and how few women I see over that age especially in acting television and the music industry it gives me pause Yet another societal stereotype Messud has cleverly inserted into her story As Nora's dream was to become an artist her feelings may not be that far off the mark Yet as she is drawn into this families life she experiences a new passion for her art and everything she assumed was lost to her However these passions only awaken through others It becomes a scary look into a woman who has no selfI can't help but look at women who's lives are so bound by what others think of them how the outside must always look in perfect order and just how damaging this is And where it could lead through the character of Nora The ending of this book packs a wallop and left me wanting to know Highly Recommended

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A New York Times  Book Review Notable Book • A Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year • A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book • A Huffington Post Best Book • A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year • A Kirkus Best Fiction Book • A Goodreads Best BookNora Eldridge is a reliable If you're interested in a book with unlikeable unreliable characters hints of possible drama obsession and betrayal melancholy and whining endless run on narrative from the main character a plot that bogs down completely and a rushed ending then have I got the book for you I decided to read The Woman Upstairs after hearing an interview with Claire Messud on NPR; the book was touted as a saga of anger and thwarted ambition While there was plenty of anger I couldn't find the ambition part Unmarried childless elementary school teacher Nora Eldridge thinks “It was supposed to say ‘Great Artist’ on my tombstone but if I died right now it would say ‘such a good teacherdaughterfriend’ instead” She becomes infatuated with the whole Shahid family and because of this association she resumes some of her own artistic endeavors only to let them get crowded out due to her obsession There is a possibility that I didn't 'get' this book because I'm not terribly sophisticated and don't understand 'Great Artists' but it seems to me that adjusting our aspirations is something every single one of us has to deal with as we grow older I hope I'm dealing with it in a mature productive and reasonable way than the deluded and angry Nora

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The Woman UpstairsBut unremarkable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of other people’s achievements But the arrival of the Shahid family dashing Skandar a Lebanese scholar glamorous Sirena an Italian artist and their son Reza draws her into a complex and exciting new world Nora’s happiness pushes Annasue McCleave Wilson from Publishers Weekly I wouldn’t want to be friends with Nora would you? Her outlook is almost unbearably grimClaire Messud For heaven’s sake what kind of uestion is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the characters in The Corrections? Any of the characters in Infinite Jest? Any of the characters in anything Pynchon has ever written? Or Martin Amis? Or Orhan Pamuk? Or Alice Munro for that matter? If you’re reading to find friends you’re in deep trouble We read to find life in all its possibilities The relevant uestion isn’t “is this a potential friend for me?” but “is this character alive?” Nora’s outlook isn’t “unbearably grim” at all Nora is telling her story in the immediate wake of an enormous betrayal by a friend she has loved dearly She is deeply upset and angry But most of the novel is describing a time in which she felt hope beauty elation joy wonder anticipation—these are things these friends gave to her and this is why they mattered so much Her rage corresponds to the immensity of what she has lost It doesn’t matter in a way whether all those emotions were the result of real interactions or of fantasy she experienced them fully And in losing them has lost happinessWhat is this strange obsession with the likeability or unlikeability of Nora's character in this stupendous novel? It seems so stale and entirely besides the point to me that I don't even know where to begin Thank goodness for my Goodreads friends Gloria Marianna and Ami who were uick to jump to this woman's defense underlining how much they actually identified and empathized with her as opposed to feeling appalled by her inner demons When have you last heard a female's voice so sharply defined so feverish so inhabited so perceptive so damn heartbreaking as Nora's? Here is a shimmering complex and broken character whom Virginia Woolf would have revered Who has never felt envy towards others? Obsessive friendships? Unrealized and stubborn aspirations that eat at you like a plague? There is no likeability or unlikeability here only the furious will to live and hunger for feeling I could go on and on but I will leave the last words to Margaret Atwood taking part in the debate in The New Yorker Also what is “likeable”? We love to watch bad people do awful things in fictions though we would not like it if they did those things to us in real life The energy that drives any fictional plot comes from the darker forces whether they be external opponents of the heroine or hero or internal components of their selvesThink Walter White in Breaking Bad Isn't he one of the most riveting complicated morally torn and furiously alive character you've ever encountered? Nora Eldridge is cut from the same clothAn astounding novel