Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Forgotten Waltz

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (W.W. Norton, 2012).

I pulled this novel off the New Books shelf because of the author, Anne Enright, who has been staring at me from the cover of American Libraries on my desk at work all week. Apparently she received the Carnegie Medal for excellence in Fiction. Although she is an Irish novelist, she is nothing like Maeve Binchy. Her style is more like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, for whom plot is very much secondary to the crafting of individual sentences (which are lovely). Her characters seem to live in a vague, foggy world not entirely connected to reality, and are not very interested in how their actions affect others. These stylistic tendencies are typical of contemporary  literature (which tends to disdain mere action) but don’t necessarily make for a good read.

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Lost in a good book

Lost in a good book by Jasper Fforde (Penguin Books, 2004).

This the second in a series of novels set in an alternate universe reminiscent of modern England as viewed by someone on mind-altering drugs. I read the first novel (The Eyre Affair) several years ago and it basically went way over my head. Life in the UK is an alternate universe to me already, even without people who can jump into books, and I am not a fan of literature by Austen, Dickens, etc. If you love traditional English literature, understand life in modern England, and have a overly developed sense of humor (for example, you love Douglas Adams), you will probably enjoy this book. There are over 131 reviews on Amazon, if you’re looking for a more favorable opinion than mine.

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