Invitation to the Waltz
- the cover is b&w, except where it is pink (OMG Photoshop effect)
- the title is in swirly neon-yellow fake cursive
- the back cover is VILE pink
- with a neon-yellow blurb on it from Anita Brookner
- and other titles by the same author are represented by thumbnails showing, respectively: 1) a man's giant blue hands clutching a woman, in orange, from the back 2) a girl whose face is half cut off opening her pink...more
This kept reminding me of a girls school story. It was written in 1932 and even now I've probably read more school stories from that era than I have adult literature; and the central character is seventeen year old Olivia who is more-or-less the kind of upper middle class nice girl who might have turned up at the Chalet School or its ilk.
It was just the same turns of phrase and atmosphere that linked this book to my childhood reading though, this is a more honest look at a young woman. The story...more
The entire book takes place during one day, similar to "Mrs. Dalloway". The two main characters, Kate and Oliv...more
Invitation to the Waltz is told from the POV of Olivia, 17 year old protagonist, who has been invited to her first dance. The first half covers the morning of her birthday, and the preparations for the dance. The second half is the dance itself. This book is definitely not for those who like plot-driven, action-packed or fast-paced novels. In f...more
The book was pu...more
"She tried to repeat it indifferently, as if correcting what of course had been a mere slip of the tongue..."
In fact, sod being an awkward teenager - it's a passage that still makes me squirm as an awkward adult!
This is a wonderful portrait of a girl on the brink of womanhood and a particular time and place. Rosamond Lehmann is probably best kno...more
In 1919 she went to Girton College, University of Cambridge to r...more