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  • Title: Last Night at the Ritz
  • Author: Elizabeth Savage
  • ISBN: 9789997413741
  • Page: 318
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    1. I really loved this It practically zings with great lines and sly, perfectly formed observations about women s inner lives It concerns two young women who met in college in the 60s and where life and love takes them It delves into subjects like affairs and abortion in a pre Roe v Wade world And it captures a truly interesting friendship between two women who love each other but hold their cards close to the chest.

    2. Thank you Nancy Pearl for rediscovering this gem and thank you Lisa for sharing it in our postal book group What fun to keep company with this witty narrator and see the world through her very unconventional eyes I carefully recorded many of the quotable lines into an app that has since gone to unsupported app heaven hell with my notes So I am going to reread it and capture them again It s worth that.What fun to visit The Ritz no longer called that, but we can pretend in Boston with my friends j [...]

    3. I loved this book I loved the narrator s voice, her wise cracking attitude, and the setting of Boston and the Ritz hotel There is a lot going on in this little book that kept me thinking for days after So many great lines She would rather be home with an adequate book and if she didn t have an adequate one, an inadequate one would do.

    4. I really enjoyed this novel She has an economy of prose that reminds me of Salinger People comment about how many memorable quotes there are in this novel, and I wish I had written them down while reading through She made nearly every page in this novel count.A very fast read.

    5. There is no knowledge like the bitter knowledge of old loves This sentence, appearing early in the novel, pretty much sums it up The unnamed narrator has had a complicated relationship with her best friend Gay since they first met in college 30 years before Their story is told in interior monologue formed of reminisces and flashbacks over the course of a day in which the two women meet at the Ritz in Boston, but this is a tricky novel and all is not as it first appears As revelations develop, we [...]

    6. I have no idea how to explain this book It s about everything and nothing A woman and her friends go out for drinks and dinner and through flashbacks we learn about her life Sounds boring put that way, but it wasn t I liked this woman very much and enjoyed her company so to speak I also enjoyed the fact that it was set in Boston I went for the first time last December and really enjoyed it since it s still fresh in my mind it was easy to picture the story never mind that it s set in the 60s.I fe [...]

    7. It is very dangerous to get caught without something to read So says our very gin soaked narrator who you can either trust or not, she won t care She is beyond caring By the time you have decided in this slim novel that maybe you don t really like her, a slow revelation hits and then you don t want to say good bye I d love to have been her friend, even with her faults I d love to have been her friends friend about whom she has much to tell.

    8. I think I d like to read this again It s very cleverly written and I imagine I ve missed things and it d stand up to multiple readings.

    9. Initially, I wasn t captivated by this book I found the narrator annoying and judgmental, always condescending about her friend Gay s good qualities But as the story continued I became attached to all the characters and missed them when I wasn t reading.I loved the organization of the story Plot wise, we re tagging along on a progressive party with some friends who are meeting up in Boston while they re all in town They have drinks at one place, move on to dinner at another and wrap up elsewhere [...]

    10. Okay, so I m giving this 3.5 because I don t think I m competent enough to be judging the quality of a work like this When I was halfway through the book, I read the reviews on to see if I ll get any insight into what I m actually trudging through There was only praise about the book but no real information People gave their opinions about the need of the introduction of the narrator But I found it to be the least of my worries The narrator was pretty likeable because she came off as quite hones [...]

    11. I was in the mood for a classic type of literary fiction so I finally got to this on my Kindle I m very glad that I did Our narrator is unnamed not wholly reliable but she has a wit way about her that really makes the story She her married friends Gay Len are boozing it up one last time as the drinks flow, so do some not so pretty truths long held secrets about each of them At just over the midpoint I was getting a little bored of her tangents the Boston references but I was all in for the revea [...]

    12. This was a wonderful read How can you resist a book with this quote It is very dangerous to be caught without something to read The story is about a unnamed narrator and her college friends that meet in Boston at the Ritz many years later The story is told in one day, starting with drinks at lunch, and ending at Midnight after a night of drinking It s a small book with a lot of thought, and an interesting look how women s lives in particular and people in general have changed since the 40s.

    13. I almost stopped reading around page 50 I couldn t get the narrator But I kept going and I began to be intrigued by her observations By the final 100 pages I couldn t put the book down The ending stunned me I almost want to start reading it all over again.The writing is amazing This book is not an easy read, but it is definitely worthwhile.

    14. I am stingy with the fifth star, and this book is why I loved the characters and how they are revealed and I loved the story and how it is revealed I am glad I stumbled onto Nancy Pearl s list, Book Lust Rediscoveries I ll be working my way through that list.

    15. A real gem I ve just finished it, I need a break to think it over, and for sure I need to read it again, this book should to be sliced idea by idea, I feel I ve rushed through it and I must go back to be able to put the right feelings and thoughts in the right drawers.

    16. Beautifully constructed and writtene unnamed narrator is complex yet caring In one night I learned so much about the lives of thesepeople It was a living breathing tour of Boston like no other.

    17. Great writing, great character development, in a completely convincing voice A book and author I never heard of, but I was completely sold.

    18. I ran across The Last Night at the Ritz by accident when it was on sale on s Kindle Daily Deals page I had never heard of the book or its author, Elizabeth Savage, before, but something about the description hooked me I kept thinking about it and actually went back and bought it a few days later That s the only time that s ever happened The story, which is told in flashbacks, is about two women, Gay and the unnamed narrator, who have been best friends since they were freshmen in college They com [...]

    19. If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing

    20. Set in the heart of Boston and Cambridge I know every street and landmark in the book A tragic tale told in a breezy style, which annoyed me a bit, but the story and its unfolding is brilliant.

    21. Well, I finally finished this book last night May 14, 2014 I came across it only because I was playing Words With Friends a sort of scrabble game with a longtime school friend, Marjorie Darrow We had to use words that were in book titles I used the word RITZ and I found THE LAST NIGHT AT THE RITZ by Elizabeth Savage when I did an search I bought the book and now I m finished I wouldn t highly recommend it It has some pros and cons The story revolves around three friends who are reunited for lun [...]

    22. Elizabeth Savage wrote and published her novel, The Last Night at the Ritz in 1973, which is a fact worth noting when reading it today It has been reissued as part of the Nancy Pearl s Book Lust Rediscoveries series Events in the early 1970 s to which Savage alludes are as much at a remove from the reader as the feelings that are expressed by the unnamed narrator to those events Ritz is a cool book on the surface with a fair amount going on with the characters Unfortunately, I couldn t establish [...]

    23. Have you heard about Nancy Pearl s Book Lust Rediscoveries She inked a deal last year with to republish some of her favorite out of print books By my count, there are nine so far the plan was to publish six a year , and each has an introduction explaining her reasons for republishing it.Last Night at the Ritz was my first Book Lust Rediscovery Originally published in the early 1970s and set in the late 1960s, it s not a novel I would have been likely to find on my own I purchased it from an emai [...]

    24. The book proved to be a surprising read The narrator was not a sympathetic character for me at the beginning of the book, and most of the friends she dealt with initially were difficult As the author proceeded, layers and layers of story unfold The reader is invited to live through the friendships, death, births, happiness, and sorrows of four individuals over twenty plus years Although the author is remembering the events of years past, even her character evolves in the course of the narrative [...]

    25. It is very dangerous to get caught without something to read The Last Night at the Ritz is one of the Nancy Pearl book lust rediscovery series of older books, recently brought back to life and print this was a great book my copy is covered with highlighted sections which I hope to go back to and reread over and over again Elizabeth Savage wrote the book in the early 1970s and the events of The Last night occur a few years earlier in the late 1960s the narrator tells the story of her long term fr [...]

    26. I have been intrigued by this book for some time but had ther things to read, so left it on the back burner, so to speak, and now, having ploughed through it a feel disappointed and ever so slightly cheated.Firstly I will say it is well written I do like Savage s style, her use of prose and the almost nonchalant way she throws down a surprise She manages to evoke a certain atmosphere that I found really pleasing The narrator, who remains unnamed throughout, has arranged to celebrate her birthday [...]

    27. Here s what I loved about Last Night at the Ritz perfectly chosen words in a perfect pace, full characters who reveal themselves slowly at just the right time, and an acute but naughtily humorous observation of the best and worst in all of us To a certain type of reader, and I count myself among them, it may seem humdrum at first Even some of your favorite books must be approached in the right mood Since it s the remembered chronicle of a friendship between two women who met in college during th [...]

    28. I m in a quandary trying to understand readers love of this book I m obviously not on the same plane I didn t hate the story but in the end I can t help but wonder if I couldn t have used that reading time on something else that would have been memorable for me I found none of the characters especially likable or relatable I grew up in the Midwest and have lived in the West for over 50 years I suspect that helps explain my distance from the presumed East Coast intellectuals which this book seem [...]

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