➝ [Epub] ❦ The Forgotten Waltz By Anne Enright ➧ – Pdfr25.co

The Forgotten Waltz The Forgotten Waltz Is A Memory Of Desire A Recollection Of The Bewildering Speed Of Attraction, The Irreparable Slip Into Longing In Terenure, A Pleasant Suburb Of Dublin, In The Winter Of , It Has Snowed Gina Moynihan, Girl About Town, Recalls The Trail Of Lust And Happenstance That Brought Her To Fall For The Love Of Her Life , Se N Vallely As The City Outside Comes To A Halt, Gina 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, Gina Waits The Arrival On Her Doorstep Of Se N S Fragile, Twelve Year Old Daughter, Evie The Complication, And Gravity, Of This Second LifeIn This Extraordinary Novel, This Opening Book Of Secrets, Anne Enright Speaks Directly To The Readers She Won With The Success Of The Gathering Here, Again, Is The Sudden, Momentous Drama Of Everyday Life, The Volatile Connections Between People That Fresh Eye For Each Flinch And Gesture The Wry, Accurate Take On Families, Marriage, Brittle Middle Age The Same Verve And Humour And Breathtaking Control Are Evident The Ability To Merge The Ordinary And The Beautiful With The Forgotten Waltz Enright Turns Her Attention Fully To Love You Might Even Call It Romance As She Follows Another Flawed And Unforgettable Heroine On A Journey Of The Heart Writing At The Height Of Her Powers, This Is Anne Enright S Tour De Force, A Novel Of Intelligence, Passion And Real Distinction


10 thoughts on “The Forgotten Waltz

  1. says:

    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. Don t be fooled by the sentimental title, or the romantic songs that lead off each chapter these are sly and brittle ironies that ping emotional soft spots like a volley from a peashooter to the back of your neck The Forgotten Waltz is pitch perfect social satire that mirrors adultery with the reckless love affair of the Irish economy in the mid late 2000s Illicit sex, easy money two sides of the same tarnished coin of lust Sean and Gina pursue the former in a series of hotels around Dublin, while the Irish middle class strives for the latter in their gated communities and German sedans.This is not the cozy Ireland of peat fires and Catholic guilt and rain on rose petals This is boom time Ireland, with all its flash and well cut suits and Chardonnay and vacation homes and holidays in Spain This is Ireland built by IT and pharmaceuticals and foreign investment This is Ireland rising This is Ireland falling In The Forgotten Waltz lives are destroyed as fortunes and marriages are lost, as you would expect, but everyone survives and carries on, without really having learned a thing As you would expect Narrating with pithy self awareness, Gina embarks upon an affair with Sean, a married man with a little girl who is just slightly off kilter, a bit fuzzy around the edges Gina herself is married, to Conor, who is also fuzzy around the edges solidly built, hairy, good natured, a bit like a big hedgehog not at all her type, yet somehow they marry and buy a condo Her caustically funny voice is so natural She is genuinely making an effort to get herself sorted, to atone, to be a person of compassion At least she thinks she is Gina is a woman in love, catastrophically but she is not a bad person She is outrageously, maddeningly human Years later, in the middle of a snowstorm that shuts down Dublin, Gina recounts how and where and when things went awry But not why You may find yourself scrabbling around the plot, looking for the reasons Gina and Sean risk their settled lives for the starched anonymity of hotel rooms and the pretense of nodding acquaintances when their social circles cross, which they frequently do it is a small island, after all Love doesn t seem to be the point And of course it isn t The point is the selfishness of the new Ireland and the new Irish within it By the end, it s all turned to custard We listen to it the rumour of money withering out of the walls and floors and out of the granite kitchen countertops, turning them back to bricks and rubbles and stone. Anne Enright is one of the bravest writers I ve read Readers and publishers alike will take an author to task for characters whose behavior leaves our wells of empathy dry And yet Enright writes without apology, pretense or false redemption She isn t afraid to depart from cause and effect to acknowledge the universal truth that shit just happens You fall for the right person at the wrong time You take out a bank loan to support a lifestyle beyond your means because they are just throwing money at you, anyway The Forgotten Waltz is not without its moments of beauty and grace Enright is so skilled, she knows how and when to thread in humanity, sometimes with self deprecating humor, sometimes with visceral emotion I love what she does and how she does it I love that it drives readers crazy and occasionally, drives them away With fierce and candid and gorgeous prose, Enright writes life s madness and makes us feel all the saner for it.


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    I expected to love this book, given Anne Enright s reputation and my love for all things Irish But it left me cold It s not the adultery that galled me, but how it was carried out and presented Even after finishing the book I found the main character, Gina, elusive She never came to life for me as a real, whole person I can t imagine what her conversation is like, how she walks, what she likes to eat, or even what she does at her job, which is only vaguely explained I couldn t even really see what she looked like I kept trying to grab hold of her, of who she was, and coming away with nothing More critically, I failed to see what she saw in her lover Sean He didn t seem to have any redeeming characteristics and was wildly unsatisfying as a romantic partner If you are going to ruin your marriage and someone else s over an affair, it should at least be with a fantastic person with whom you have a soulful connection It was also hard to work up empathy for the way the characters handled everything Sean lied for years and years while Gina simply left her husband without even telling him she was leaving Which I found rather inexplicable Ultimately, I just did not find the affair credible, and thus the whole book failed to come together for me in any meaningful way There was just too little to care about.


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    There are things I like and dislike about this novel The style of writing is revelatory in places Enright s ability to dig into the psyche to reveal the truths about a woman aged 32 to 40 approximately, and yet there is this sense of a composite in our female narrator as if Enright s own background filled in the basics, her family home in Terenure, a suburb of Dublin , a sister she argues with, compares herself to, a difficult father, dying whilst she was still quite young, her insistence on a career Enright is happily married, she corrects an interviewer to the person she met at UCD so clearly Gina is not a character based on herself I watched a short video where Enright receives the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and comments on The Forgotten Waltz Gina, who is the narrator is either somebody you like or don t, but I hope that you enjoy not liking her the reader I discovered was my friend and I wanted to give my friend the reader something to argue about, something that would annoy her mostly and him and be a cause for dissent and great, I hope, pleasure And again in another interview she talks about this narrator, who may not be to everyone s taste And yet I think, there is nothing to dislike about Gina except the fact that she represents every young woman at the age of 32 they are into men, sex, and clothes, and if possible a decent job career I couldn t dislike Gina, I just wasn t particularly interested in her experiences and O.K, sometimes I was I loved The Office infatuation, losing half a stone from sheer yearning The thing is, when you get to 52, you don t have a lot of interest in the kind of exploits that stimulate young women that infatuation with the male species for instance That I cannot live without him By the time you get to 52, you have long since realized it is all hormones I mean Gina is an idiot but that is totally to be expected she wants hot sex she thinks about her beloved Sean Vallaly, all the time, she can barely get through a week, without hearing his voice And importantly, some might point out she is married to Conor, has bought a very expensive house with Conor And just when you are thinking where can this old, old story go we all know it, been there done that Gina s mother, Joan dies, and things, have to shift a gear Her sister, finds his letters in the family house How could you do that to me And Gina says it s nothing to do with you This is for me Some of the characters just felt so stereotypical, or maybe it s the plot There is a limit, I think, to what you can do with the arc of an affair Gina also makes all sorts of mean comments about kids, but then again she doesn t have them, so She criticizes her sister for settling Sean s wife, Aileen for being paranoid, a helicopter parent with Evie Aileen is very difficult, says Sean Aileen has to take care of a child with epilepsy All Types, one could say The overly anxious mother, the career mother Aileen slaps the au pair when Evie falls from the swing and has her first fit the au pair was not looking and importantly Aileen was Not There.Aileen is one of the victims the one who loses her husband She is never given a voice, and yet we hear a great deal of her story indirectly There are elements in Sean s story which suggest the unhappy marriage of Evie s parents may be the cause of her epilepsy and I found myself agreeing Enright is suggesting that not all marriages do in fact work she is challenging the sanctity of marriage.I took care with the above quote from Enright and as I copied it verbatim from the video, I realized there is a community a Catholic Irish community that is very much in Enright s field of view Are these the readers whom Enright suggests will be annoyed by Gina I am not that reader I did not dislike Gina from a moral perspective The story is structured so that we empathize with her, we follow her progression from infatuation to recognition of Sean in all his realities Next door in the bathroom, Sean sighs and, after a waiting pause, starts to pee There is another pause when he is finished Then a little rush an afterthought It worries me, this sense of difficulty, surely there should be nothing simpler than taking a leak And I remember my own father leaning like a plank over the toilet bowl, his hand braced against that bathroom wall, the side of his face nuzzled into his arm Waiting. Gina s story of her father shows a man dying from alcoholism And so, this is the difficult bit for me there are many things I liked about this book, the style, her voice, the character of Gina, young, idealistic, in love, learning The awful self centred Sean, the story about Gina s sister, and their parents Sean s story of Evie s diagnosis Aileen and Sean s marriage the boom and bust years of the Celtic Tiger, Enniskerry, Bray, Brittas Bay, Dublin so much to love and admire and yet for me there is this moral finger wagging this theme that emanates from Enright, through Gina s progression which is that we should not judge her This undercurrent makes me feel that Enright is addressing a reader who needs to liberate some of her moral values this irked I had to mull it over before I could write this review.Joan, the mother is killed off early in the plot She would have been the obvious moral voice but Enright doesn t want her heavy handed preachiness Enright wants Gina s voice to predominate, and we hear first hand, how Gina suffers The Four Last Songs with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf Surely he wasn t pounding the tread mill to the Four Last Songs I sit on the floor and listen for another while, before switching the thing off and throwing it back into the staleness of the gym bag I do not linger I do not unzip the side pockets, or check his toiletries, or lift the rectangular base of the bag to see if there is a condom under there, long forgotten, or freshly stashed I just pause the iPod and push the lot back under the stairs.Her beloved Sean Vallaly.So, Gina learns In fact the novel is written backwards with Gina in the present at the end of the book, looking back over the affair, and asking herself how did it all start And this is where I am now with Evie, asking the daughter where the father is At the end of my reading experience I was able to admit, it took awhile but I admit it was a PLEASURE to relive all that hot romance and even of a pleasure to be able to say that is a stage we all go through and is now firmly behind me.I enjoyed this book, in a quirky sort of way but I do admire Enright for tackling a difficult, and taboo topic Maybe the here is a lesson whispering its way around Gina will put some readers off, but you might just enjoy all that intense falling in love phase from the safety of your armchair.


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    Not again , I muttered under my breath when I started reading The Forgotten Waltz The topic of marriage betrayal has been exploited so many times that I thought it took courage to choose it one time It s difficult to say something original about stolen love as Anne Enright put it, after Flaubert, Tolstoy, Galsworthy and many, many others And truth be told, I haven t found any revolutionary discoveries in The Forgotten Waltz I guess the author hoped that Evie would make the story unique but in my opinion she didn t succeed Don t be put off by my grumping I suppose as for Anne Enright not WHAT she talks about matters most but HOW she does it As I m not an English native speaker, the level of my sensitivity to language nuances probably isn t high but I really enjoyed her witty, ironical style It made me think of a crispy winter morning when the outlines of objects and people are so sharp and accurate that it almost hurts Anne Enright is a born storyteller I suspect that if she ever wrote a book on polymers or stick insects it would be intriguing Besides, it doesn t happen often to read a novel which plot can be summarized in two or three trivial sentences and find it unputdownable And it was really nice to read a few nice remarks about Poland I just remember it as a mood how language would give such pleasure And those Polish men, my goodness, so proud and sexy as they bowed.The author analyzes a love affair thoroughly, financial aspects included It made me think of a painting by Rembrandt, Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp Yes, I know it s a weird association but I couldn t help it Here instead of a corpse we have adultery, pulsating with life, desire and passion The autopsy is performed in rather cold blood Readers surround the author in silence, doing their best to get emotionally involved but most of the time fail.Don t let the title of this novel and its chapters deceive you I presume irony is Anne Enright s trademark and I enjoyed its melancholic taste It s not a sentimental book Quite contrary, it s bitterly realistic, sometimes harsh and painful.Anne Enright writes with sharp psychological insight but I faced a problem which has been already described in Angela M s brilliant review of The Green Road by the same author Angela wrote I just didn t like these characters very much , who didn t seem to like themselves very much either Angela s words exactly reflect my opinion I know that likeability of characters shouldn t be a criterion but I prefer to be fond of people I spend a few days with I m not judging Gina and Sean and I appreciate the fact that the author is never patronizing either I just have a feeling that if I met them in person we wouldn t make friends Gina is too predatory for my liking, while Sean is not my type in general Only Evie touched my heart.I don t hate The Forgotten Waltz, I just feel a bit disappointed According to Elie Wiesel The opposite of love is not hate, it s indifference Unfortunately this lukewarm feeling accompanied me most of the time while reading The Forgotten Waltz.


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    Man this is a hard book to like It s told from the point of view of Gina, a married woman, who embarks on an affair with a married man I didn t know who to root for, or if I was even supposed to be rooting for anyone.Is it well written Undoubtedly Enright is strong on the theme of adultery the illicit thrills, the nagging shame, the incalculable, inevitable cost of it all She also paints a faithful portrait of Ireland in the late 2000s a country wealthy for the first time, having no idea what do with its unexpected windfall By the end of the story the Celtic Tiger is on its last legs, the overzealous spending a fading memory the rumour of money withering out of the walls and floors and out of the granite kitchen countertops, turning them back to bricks and rubbles and stone However, did I enjoy reading it To be completely honest, no I had zero sympathy for the adulterous, family wrecking characters and I didn t find the plot compelling Anne Enright is an author I hold in high regard I loved The Green Road but I m afraid this novel didn t do much for me.


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    It is surprising how close you can get to someone, by staying very still.4.5 starsI read Anne Enright s The Gathering almost a decade ago and remember loving it, so when I saw The Forgotten Waltz in a charity shop I bought it on a whim When I love a novel, despite there being obvious flaws, I tend to find it really difficult to articulate why I don t like the characters, not because they re cheating on their partners without feeling too bad about it, no, I just don t think I d like any of them if I met them The fat shaming in the stream of consciousness narrative, the way aging skin is described, how fucking depressing these lives are I didn t like any of that And still I loved the first page and didn t want to stop reading As the blurb on the back says, it s really a literary page turner , something that doesn t happen very often However, it s not a poetic kind of prose, it s just a woman telling us about the married man she fell in love with, their affair but not in that order about his daughter, about meeting her husband, about her family, too It feels very very true to life I should not wait another decade to read Enright s other novels.


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    I liked this book I think I did, anyway I mean, perhaps I didn t but I just forgot On the other hand, maybe I didn t forget and I m just being coy about memory But then, maybe I do remember everything completely, but I m just lying outright I think I liked the book.If that is an irritating introduction to a review, try reading 230 odd pages of a book written entirely in that vein.Enright plays with the nature of memory while her protagonist forward slash narrator plays with the nature of an extra marital affair It is at times poignant and tender and at many other times irritating, annoying and downright provocative It provoked me to toss the damn book across the room, at one point.Just when you think you know where you are in the narrative, she changes the game plan and re invents a character, complete with new motivations, desires I was sometimes amused, sometimes not The next year, I was happy as I d ever been But this was later Or perhaps it had happened already, perhaps it was happening all along. I don t think I saw the way he was threatened by his own desires, or how jealousy and desire ran so close in him he had to demean a little thing he wanted For example, me Or not me It was hard to tell. Now I know him better that inward look as he tries to catch his pleasure, the thing that puts him off his stroke, I realise, is age Or the fear of age As if I cared about age Or perhaps this is not how it was in Montreux I might be imposing the lover I know now on the memory of the man I slept with then.This book would be so easy to spoof, Stephen Colbert style, that it is almost frightening On the other hand ha ha, see, I m using my Anne Enright voice the nature of art is to provoke something anything And she certainly has done that Perhaps she was successful in this book, in some way I could not realize.The thing is, I really like Anne Enright s writerly ways At least, I think I do, but if this book is any indication, I m really not sure any .Can someone please tell me


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    This book taught me a couple of things about myself as a reader First, I don t enjoy first person narratives like I used to The characters are naturally too self absorbed and unless they are complex, insightful people, their view of the other characters and their situation is too limited In this story, a married woman with little self knowledge begins a relationship with a married man a man she never seems to fully understand and so we, as readers, don t really understand him either Enright can compose a terrific sentence, but her main character lacks so much substance that she can t express why she s so taken with her lover I gather that the author s intention was to write about desire mostly the sexual kind the character is very focused on sex and indirectly as a metaphor for the desire that generated the economic collapse, which effects her but rather at arm s length, I thought in Ireland But as a reader, sexual desire necessarily begins in the head to experience what the character feels, I have to know what s so exciting about this guy, what makes him so attractive and seriously, I didn t come close to understanding her attraction to this older man philanderer with an obsessive wife and a psychologically and possibly physically damaged daughter The character clearly loves sex and is always hungry for , but she seems to have no idea what turns her on.Secondly, I learned that I enjoy novels that take me a little bit beyond the everyday, that somehow make life intense, slightly heightened in some way, that make my world bigger Enright probably does a fine job of describing the everydayness of sexual temptation and its consequences though surprisingly there are no actual descriptions of sex in the book but I don t want to descend down into everydayness I have that, well, every day I want books that introduce me to characters that I might never know otherwise, people who live larger than I do, even slightly larger, but certainly not smaller Even Ireland, in Enright s book, is bland and could be any suburban setting in America A lot of modern novels end up being like Facebook posts but longer and better written a rendering of the quotidianl, but not much Give me characters like Anna Karenina to explore the consequences of passion, not a mundane, pablum version of desire, but the big, wild, risky tough kind, especially one that plunks me down in a setting wholly different from my own No brilliant evocations of the everyday for this reader


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    It took me a few days to realise how good The Forgotten Waltz really is and it is very difficult to pin down why it is so good I didn t warm to any of the characters, and some I actively disliked There isn t much in the way of plot, certainly no surprises or unexpected twists But the reader knows as she reads that this piece of writing is different and exceptional There is a quality of real life about it, a sort of brutal honesty in the voice of the narrator, Gina that sets it apart from other fiction I cannot explain it any further so all I can say is try it yourself and see if I m not right


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    Boring Other than a few well constructed, lyrical paragraphs, I never grew to care either way about these characters You would think a novel about an affair would have some romance, or give some deeply felt reason for the attraction But here we see this relationship from the beginning to its current, undefined state of both partners having left their marriages, and now what We never really know Even the partners don t seem convinced about why they ve started up with each other we get the impression that, because they fell into bed together after drinking too much one night on a business trip, they began the affair to justify the one night stand To prove they are not the kind of people to just have one night stands The woman, Gina, tells us how much she desires Sean, but we never feel her passion Or his passion for her, if it even exists I found it very sad, while not at all profound.


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