Saturday, February 4

Book Review: The Forgotten Waltz

Title: The Forgotten Waltz

Author: Anne Enright

Pages: Ebook 184

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started out strong, the narrator had a clear voice, which pulled me into the story, and kept my attention. Although I didn’t like the narrator much, she was honest and upfront, which made her a more reliable narrator. I also found that the story seemed to lose me at some point, and in the end, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did in the beginning.
The writing and the narrative in this book were wonderful, it’s what initially pulled me into the book, and it’s what kept me reading until the end. Even when I found that the plot seemed to drift and become disjointed, I still enjoyed the writing style a lot.

I found the characters hard to like, and it wasn’t because of their decisions they made. I think the issue with the characters were that they were one dimensional. It could be because of how the narrator her viewed each particular person, it was her personal bias on the individual characters, but they lacked depth, making them bland and boring to read about.

I also felt that the first half of the story was well paced and moved along quickly, but halfway through the book, it seemed to lose momentum and the plot became still and at times, disjointed. I found the flow of the story didn’t have the same flow as the first half. It was almost as if something was missing from the story to connect it together.

Overall, I enjoyed the writing style and the first half of the book, but it didn’t work out for me in the end.

Would I recommend it to read:  It wouldn’t be high on my list of books to recommend, but I wouldn’t not recommend it either.

What to read next: That’s a hard one, I’d say more by the author.