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Trust: A Novel

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Money and conscience are at the heart of Cynthia Ozick's masterly first novel, narrated by a nameless young woman and set in the private world of wealthy New York, the dire landscape of postwar Europe, and the mythical groves of a Shakespearean isle. Beginning in the 1930s and extending through four decades, Trust is an epic tale of the narrator's quest for her elusive fat ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1966)
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Debi
Dec 27, 2007 Debi rated it did not like it
Ok, so I finished this book and I'm demoting it to a single star. It's not the worst book I've ever read. It has those occasional quotes that are interesting. But it's artificial. None of the characters are believable or likable...so it's hard to get involved with them or care much about what they're up to. I found myself grousing through the entire book at the inane plot, telling myself that the book wasn't "about" the plot helped keep me going but seriously, it just wasn't worth it. The jokes ...more
Mark
Aug 20, 2007 Mark rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: intelluctual masochists & students of literature who are required to read this tome
Recommended to Mark by: Stacy
What I learned from this book is that I shouldn't try to read thick, Jamesian, gnarled prose as I try to fall asleep at night after reading students' papers all day. I've tried to read this book on-and-off for over a year, but it's just not what I'm looking for; I refuse to slog through another 300 pages when there is a giant list of books I actually want to read and might even enjoy. If I ever get sent to prison, I promise this book will go to the top of my list; then I will read and maybe even ...more
Spencer
Jan 21, 2012 Spencer rated it it was amazing
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I admired the hell out of this novel. Tedious, ponderous, ridiculous, magnificent. Don't know that I will recommend it to anyone but I want to read it over and over. More thoughts forthcoming!
Josyane Kelly
Dec 21, 2010 Josyane Kelly rated it did not like it
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Awful book. Couldn't finish it. Written in the third person.
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Jan 30, 2017 Clair Schaler rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and already worth another read.
Phil
Apr 15, 2016 Phil rated it it was ok
Reading this much ponderous detail about the lives of the American upper class makes me want to vote for Bernie Sanders twice.
Jerry
Apr 06, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
Good first novel. Surprised at the number of negative reviews.
Ellen
Sep 24, 2007 Ellen added it
Found at my latest favorite bookstore, Kaboom Books in Houston, Texas. [http://www.kaboombooks.com/]
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Recipient of the first Rea Award for the Short Story (in 1976; other winners Rea honorees include Lorrie Moore, John Updike, Alice Munro), an American Academy of Arts and Letters Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award, and the PEN/Malamud award in 2008.

Upon publication of her 1983 The Shawl, Edmund White wrote in the New York Times, "Miss Ozick strikes me as the best American writer to have emerg
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