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The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
The Forgotten Waltz

xcapgirl, December 18, 2012

I am shocked that this book won an award. This was one of the worst books I have read in a very long while (recent favorites are Cutting for Stone by Abraham Varghese and High Fidelity by Nick Hornsby). I found the plot, characters, and writing to be weak, cliched, and utterly uninteresting. There was hardly any dialogue in the book, and most of the book seemed to consist of trite reflections on the main character's childhood, rather than advancing the plot. The main character was neither likable nor sympathetic, and seemingly quite happy in her main relationship, so the adultery made no sense. I thought Enright failed to explore the adultery theme in any meaningful way and I felt like I was wasting my time reading it. I stopped reading half way through.
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