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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618470514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618470518
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,101,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

CYNTHIA OZICK is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
ponderous, bloated, and self-absorbed April 12 2005
By hazel - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was so glad when I got to page 639 of Trust - it was finally over. I had literally slogged through the last 600 pages of one of the most ponderous narratives I can ever remember reading. Its hard to find a reason to recommend it - the characters are unlikeable, the tone is heavy-handed and pedantic, the plot holds few surprises and is otherwise subsumed by the many philosophical digressions.

Trust is a story of a sad sack of a girl (frumpy intellectual 20-something) in a dysfunctional relationship with the world, "searching" for a father she has never met. Trust is the story of her quest to find him.

Unfortunately, the quest is largely internal, and is sloooowly revealed through the interactions with 3 other (really unlikeable) main characters -- (1) her mother, Allegra, a vapid and extremely wealthy socialite (2) her stepfather, Enoch, a logician and "intellectual", and (3) her mother's first husband, William, a dour attorney who manages the "Trust".

Selfish, self-satisfied, self-righteous - all of the characters are 2-dimensional caricatures of people you hope to never get stuck with at a cocktail party. Everyone appears to really dislike the narrator for his or her own reasons, which are self-absorbed and explored exhaustively. For that matter, everyone seems to dislike everyone, which is one thing I had in common with the characters....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the time. Feb. 25 2014
By Carol Ginsburg - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Worst book ever by Ozick. I guess it was her first full length novel. Boring and notHing to redeem it.
One of my favorite novels. Not for everyone Sept. 3 2014
By Book luvah - Published on
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One of my favorite novels. Not for everyone. It's for the very narrow overlap of people who like the style of ponderous late Victorian/early modern (James, Conrad, Lawrence) and early to mid 20th Century American (maybe like....Mary McCarthy, or Christina Stead, who was Australian but still wrote in that style, sometimes). It is 800 pages long and has about 50 pages worth of plot. You keep thinking something will happen and very little does (until, sort of, the very, very end). Let it go! The writing is magisterial.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Needs an editor Jan. 29 2005
By R. Crisafi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love Cynthia Ozick's writing and although there are bursts of brilliance, I found this book largely unreadable.

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