Reviews of The Forgotten Waltz

by admin on May 17, 2011

The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright’s most recent book, has been reviewed in The Indpendent. The book is  about adultery, and set in Dublin in the first decade of this century. The Independent writes:

A literary novel by an esteemed Booker Prize winner about an adulterous contemporary love affair is a risky venture. For a mildly discontented woman to be swept away by a passion for her sister’s sexy neighbour – it’s a cliché both in literature and in life, you might say. Yet the novel carries an awareness of this, I think, and if the protagonist sees her own falling for Sean as a failure of style, that just makes it all the more excruciating for her.

Here is a link to the full review.

Guardian too has a very positive review:

“I just can’t believe it. That all you have to do is sleep with somebody and get caught and you never have to see your in-laws again. Ever. Pfffft! Gone. It’s the nearest thing to magic I have yet found.” That’s the Anne Enright voice all right – wry, disabused, reckless, candid, funny. The hardened, suffering speakers in her recent fine story collection, Taking Pictures, use this tone; the grim damage of her Booker-winning The Gathering is energised by all that darkly comic unflinchingness.

The Forgotten Waltz, as its romantic title suggests, has more of a soft centre than she usually allows herself.

Here is a link to the review in Guardian.

Telegraph writes:

The Forgotten Waltz does not provide us with the satisfactions of a clear beginning, middle and ending; and this is part of its point. It is an exploration of the ordinariness of adultery in a world that takes it for granted: the way its promise of emancipation simply fades away.

Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina both killed themselves. Gina Moynihan’s fate is less dramatic – but in its quieter way, hardly less tragic. Anne Enright has taken a great risk in writing this book, but she has brought it off superbly.

Here is a link!

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