Review: The Forgotten Waltz — Anne Enright

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Book List
41. The Gift — Nora Roberts
42. A Winter Solstice Celebration — DiDi LeMay
43. Limitless — Alan Glynn
44. Stuff White People Like — Christian Lander
45. The Nature of Jade — Deb Caletti
46. The Time Traveler’s Wife — Audrey Niffenegger
47. The Forgotten Waltz — Anne Enright

 Oh, hello there! It’s been a while, but I finally finished my next challenge book. I’ve actually been dying to read The Forgotten Waltz for the longest time (in fact, I’d go into Chapters at least once a week just to stare longingly at it while waiting to finish the other books I had on my shelf…I can’t make this up!), and I finally got around to it. How exciting.

In Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it’s just snowed terribly. Thirty-four-year-old Gina Moynihan spends the day recalling the series of events that led her to falling for the love of her life, Sean Vallely, before going in to town to pick up his 12-year-old daughter, Evie, from school.

It was one of those books where I honestly couldn’t make much of it. I just felt so upset throughout the whole thing, and spent the majority of the book either irritated with or sad for Gina, who falls in love with this absolute mess of a man (who, to be honest, didn’t strike me as the nicest type of guy) while still married. Her whole life basically turns to shit, and all I wanted to do was shake her by the shoulders and tell her what to do.

It was frustratingly and perfectly real — it captured both the mundanity and the tumultuousness of desire and love, and did not seem even a bit fake. It was, however, a real downer, and the story (which was not told chronologically) was occasionally a little jarring.

I wouldn’t not recommend the book, because it was very good, but it was by no means my favourite. However, if you do choose to read it, be forewarned: the Irish phrases and comments are actually a little confusing at times (I had to reread some things for clarity and play word-detective).

Next book: One Day — David Nicholls

– Kelsey


3 thoughts on “Review: The Forgotten Waltz — Anne Enright

  1. Kelsey!

    I’ve been reading some of your book reviews and they’re awesome! Only downside = spoilers galore! So I’m scared to read the others. Can you recommend me some cute romantic books to read on the beach. I’m going to South Carolina for a week and I want some good reads! My friend suggested “Picture Perfect” by Jodi Picoult so I’ll be reading that but I need MOAARR! Your help is much appreciated!

    • Anna!

      I’m so sorry if I’ve spoiled anything for you! 😛 Funny enough, I was trying deliberately to not be spoilery, haha.

      As for cute, fun reads, I’d go with The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti, The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (not cute or romantic at all, but a real page turner), Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, and anything by Terry Fallis (which aren’t romantic but have a wee bit of romance in them, but mainly focus on politics and are HILARIOUS). 😀

      Enjoy your trip!

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