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Waterland | [Graham Swift]

Waterland

This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries.
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Publisher's Summary

This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries.

Waterland is simultaneously a family saga, a novel of provincial life, a social history and a story of adolescent love.

©1983 Graham Swift  (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Eccles
    7/20/15
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    Performance
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    "Flat lands but no flat story"
    Where does Waterland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its not the best book I've listened to but it is riveting and a page turner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waterland?

    The description of the flooded fenland and the effect it had on the local inhabitants


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favourite?

    They were all done so well it is impossible to choose. Perhaps the narrator came over most convincingly


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In a land of water where water rules lives, life is as unpredictable as the waters.


    Any additional comments?

    The way this book is structured is a little difficult to follow at first, but once used to the way of it, becomes an important factor in the suspense. A slight niggle for me was the end which I felt was a bit drawn-out. Otherwise a well written gripping story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Pinner, United Kingdom
    6/7/12
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    "Woven words"

    A richly vivid tapestry of images and characters, brought to life by a compelling reading, it's almost a long lyric poem.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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