Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek... show more
Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy."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
Publish date: March 31st 1992
Publisher: Vintage International
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, English Literature
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I was struggling with this book and I fell asleep a couple of times while reading it (which is embarrassing, because normally this never happens to me..) Waterland really was not the kind of book I enjoy reading. I don't know what was going on in the author's head (or body) while writing it, but I...
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June 2011: Better the second time. Love it when that happens. December 2009: This book has everything: love, death, war, history, philosophy, beer, water, England, babies, eels, rivers, Revolutions, kidnapping, sex, murder, and even incest . . . everything except a happy ending. [First read Dece...
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