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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; None edition (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618470514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618470518
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,842,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 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....
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.
8 of 13 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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