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The Forgotten Waltz

Enright, Anne (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Forgotten Waltz


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In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for "the love of her life," Seán Vallely. As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina remembers their affair: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina awaits the arrival of Seán's fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie-the complication, and gravity, of this second life.In this extraordinary novel, Anne Enright speaks directly to the readers she won with The Gathering. Here again is the momentous drama of everyday life; the volatile connections between people; the wry, accurate take on families, marriage, and brittle middle age. With The Forgotten Waltz Enright turns her attention to love, following another unforgettable heroine on a journey of the heart. Writing at the height of her powers, this is Enright's tour de force, a novel of intelligence, passion, and distinction.
Authors: Enright, Anne, 1962-
Title: The forgotten waltz
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Co.,, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2012, winner", "
Orange Prize Shortlist 2012", "
Orange Prize Longlist 2012"]
Local Note: PromptCat
CM (10/11)
ISBN: 039307255X
9780393072556
Branch Call Number: F Enr
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Report This Nov 05, 2012
  • BTVS rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This novel was truly forgettable, self absorbed and mundane. I wonder what unique insight the author was trying to offer the readers, or what aesthetic resonance she was aiming to achieve? Nor, having no cultural connection to Ireland or its people, did I acquired any sympathy for the bursting of the economic bubble which is part of the background of the story. It is worth a quick read but don’t look for too much comfort in the plot or the art.

2012 winner of the Andrew Carnegie Award for excellence in literature

Report This Aug 02, 2012
  • snkattk rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

a nice, subtle read about the emotions and self absorbtions that lead one to infidelity and, in my observation, accepting the mundane brings satisfaction. Insightful observations of unlikeable, but real characters, and what true love, that of Sean for Evie) looks like.

Report This Jun 05, 2012
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A confusing style that is not amusing or enlightening and prevents one from wanting to dig into this uninteresting story. A book that deserves speed reading at best.

Report This May 13, 2012
  • mokrosa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Anne Enright is a beautiful writer; I'd read anything she wrote. Though The Gathering's story captured my interest more than this book, I enjoyed her fluid, insightful writing.

Report This May 05, 2012
  • mclarjh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A breezy easily read book. Thank goodness, as none of the characters interested me, What was the point of writing it, I wonder. Shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize.

Report This May 01, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is the story of an affair, set in contemporary Ireland. It was quite funny. I liked the main character - she was sophisticated and knew herself.

Report This Jan 12, 2012
  • ladiablesse rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't disagree more with last two readers. How does anyone write about that well roasted chestnut betrayal and get away with it? Enright does. Not only does she relate Gina's rush into betrayal with recognizably detailed self-absorption, she casts Ireland's recent economic bubble in considered relief as well. Three chapters in and I hated her for her canny insights and throw away brilliance.

Report This Dec 19, 2011
  • readingchick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This was a very depressing book and I did not like any of the characters - was that the point?

Report This Nov 27, 2011
  • floy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I had mixed feelings about the novel. I never really grew to like the main character. Midway through the book she reflects on what having an affair did to her marriage: "I had killed it. My best thing. The guilt when it formally hit was astonishing." That's very powerful, however it really didn't reflect what had happened previously. The author was very good at describing the relationship between a parent & child and how the step-parent often is left outside the loop. "It's hard taking second place to a child - it was bad enough taking second place to her mother."

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