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The Forgotten Waltz

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ISBN13: 9780393342581
ISBN10: 0393342581
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The Forgotten Waltz is a memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing, that reads with breathtaking immediacy. In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it has snowed. A woman recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for the love of her life. As the city outside comes to a halt, she remembers the days of their affair in one hotel room or another: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and the stillness and vertigo of the falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, she awaits the arrival on her doorstep of his fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie. In The Forgotten Waltz, Enright is at the height of her powers. This is Anne Enright's tour de force, a novel of intelligence, passion, and real distinction.

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"A new, unapologetic kind of adultery novel. Narrated by the proverbial other woman — Gina Moynihan, a sharp, sexy, darkly funny thirtysomething IT worker — The Forgotten Waltz charts an extramarital affair from first encounter to arranged, settled, everyday domesticity....This novel's beauty lies in Enright's spare, poetic, off-kilter prose — at once heartbreaking and subversively funny. It's built of startling little surprises and one fresh sentence after another. Enright captures the heady eroticism of an extramarital affair and the incendiary egomania that accompanies secret passion: For all their utter ordinariness, Sean and Gina feel like the greatest lovers who've ever lived." Elle

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"A gorgeous critique of Ireland as the Celtic Tiger draws its dying breaths... [A] masterful and deeply satisfying novel." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

"This stunning novel by a Booker Prize winner . . . Offers up its brilliance by way of astonishingly effective storytelling." Booklist (Starred Review)

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Anne Enright's most recent novel was the international bestseller The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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xcapgirl, December 18, 2012 (view all comments by xcapgirl)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393342581
Author:
Enright, Anne
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20120402
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 272 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393342581 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A new, unapologetic kind of adultery novel. Narrated by the proverbial other woman — Gina Moynihan, a sharp, sexy, darkly funny thirtysomething IT worker — The Forgotten Waltz charts an extramarital affair from first encounter to arranged, settled, everyday domesticity....This novel's beauty lies in Enright's spare, poetic, off-kilter prose — at once heartbreaking and subversively funny. It's built of startling little surprises and one fresh sentence after another. Enright captures the heady eroticism of an extramarital affair and the incendiary egomania that accompanies secret passion: For all their utter ordinariness, Sean and Gina feel like the greatest lovers who've ever lived."
"Review" by , "A gorgeous critique of Ireland as the Celtic Tiger draws its dying breaths... [A] masterful and deeply satisfying novel."
"Synopsis" by , "This stunning novel by a Booker Prize winner . . . Offers up its brilliance by way of astonishingly effective storytelling." Booklist (Starred Review)
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