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The Last Night at the Ritz

The Last Night at the Ritz The charming and not entirely trustworthy unnamed narrator of The Last Night at the Ritz invites three friends to join her for lunch at the elegant Ritz Carlton in Boston to celebrate her birthday T

  • Title: The Last Night at the Ritz
  • Author: Elizabeth Savage
  • ISBN: 9781612183190
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • The charming, and not entirely trustworthy, unnamed narrator of The Last Night at the Ritz invites three friends to join her for lunch at the elegant Ritz Carlton in Boston to celebrate her birthday Two of them, Gay and Len, are a long married couple and her best friends from college The third, Wes, was once her lover As the afternoon gives way to evening and as the driThe charming, and not entirely trustworthy, unnamed narrator of The Last Night at the Ritz invites three friends to join her for lunch at the elegant Ritz Carlton in Boston to celebrate her birthday Two of them, Gay and Len, are a long married couple and her best friends from college The third, Wes, was once her lover As the afternoon gives way to evening and as the drinks flow, the past and present intrude upon the festivities and the atmosphere turns somber Before the night is through, truths and secrets slip out that will change their relationships forever.Back in print for the first time in a generation, The Last Night at the Ritz, a masterfully written novel of friendship and love and the ways we deceive each other and ourselves, is quite simply unforgettable.

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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 m [...]

    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 dev [...]

    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 [...]

    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 elsew [...]

    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 qu [...]

    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 & [...]

    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 40 [...]

    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. This is a book about friendship and relationships, and it's a wonderful read. Maria will love it, I think!

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

    19. 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. [...]

    20. 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

    21. 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.

    22. 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 amazon 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 frien [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 narrat [...]

    26. "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 [...]

    27. 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 birth [...]

    28. 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 durin [...]

    29. 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 more 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 [...]

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