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Waterland Paperback – March 31, 1992
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"Teems with energy, fertility, violence, madness -- demonstrates the irrepressible, wide-ranging talent of this young British writer." -- Washington Post Book World
"A formidably intelligent book -- animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need.... The most powerful novel I have read for some time." -- The New York Review of Books
"Waterland appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors -- a beautiful, serious, and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original." -- The Observer (U.K.)
"Rich, ingenious, inspired." -- The New York Times
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"Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving.... Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity.... A fine and original work."--"Los Angeles Times
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His story is told in realistic sequence, that is, as it comes to mind, in three parts. The present day conflict with overflowing curriculum loads, fanatical headmasters, and unmotivated students leads Crick to conceal his biggest fears of progression with fairy-tales, his own family history, laborers of water control and land reclamation, giving Crick his roots in the Fens, and also, the rise and decline of the Atkinson name, once a prominent brewing family turned to insanity and incest, tying all three together in an overview of world history.
As this book points out, history is not the only thing to move in cycles. Nature has its own dramatic role in this novel. The deceitful Eastern winds, sometimes bringing ample life to the region, other times signifying death.Read more ›
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What a wonderful book.
I grew up near this area and many times when reading this book, i was transported back to my childhood. Read more
If Graham Swift weren’t a writer, he would be a historian, and not just your average historian, but a historian’s historian, the way Tony Bennett is a singer’s singer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by p.j. lazos
Waterland is set in the marshlands (the Fen Country) of Stott’s Bridge, East Anglia, England. The novel oscillates between two timeframes: the first is 1937 and the second is 1943. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Martina A. Nicolls
A wonderful thought-provoking book set in the English fen lands. The central character is a history teacher who uses local history and geography to bring the history of revolutions... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah A. Saltus
This book was as incoherent as it was incomprehensible. There is no underlying plot or anything which would make this book at all appealing or the least bit intrestingPublished 10 months ago by tom boller
Swift is a master weaver of precious yarns who envelops the reader with his fascinating tapestry. His narrative is symphonic; his settings a collection of oils, watercolors and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ernestina Barbara Onto Mack Filgueiras
A strange and interesting book. Convoluted story covering a couple centuries. Gives an excellent perspective on rural England in over the last two hundred years.Published 14 months ago by Thuringer