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Graham Swift






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Vintage; Reissue edition (March 31, 1992)





Waterland e-book

by Graham Swift

Waterland, Graham Swift. They are little broken-off bits of heaven.

Waterland, Graham Swift. Which is why they hang in the sky but seem as though at any time they might dro.

Waterland is a 1983 novel by British author Graham Swift. It won the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is considered the author's premier novel. In 1992, the book was adapted as a film, starring Jeremy Irons. The novel is set in the Fens in East Anglia. Waterland is concerned with the nature and importance of history as the primary source of meaning in a narrative

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors.

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This was the first book by Graham Swift I have read and it was certainly not the last. This story about a familiy over generations, about a landscape, but also about history and the question if it even exists or is actually capable to teach us something, about the tragedy of life and humankind, has really gripped me. And the writing is wonderful, there have been a lot of passages I noted down.

Breaking out of the centre of Norwich on a bike takes no time. I just slip out onto the ring road near my house, pass a couple of roundabouts and then take an old railway line leading north: Marriot's Way. The track repeatedly crosses the winding river Wensum on old A-frame bridges and bumps over dark drainage ditches. Generally, it's arched over by trees - bare at the moment with crooked branches like beckoning witch's fingers

Compulsively readable, it is a novel of resonant depth and encyclopaedic richness, mixing human and natural history and exploring the tragic forces that take us both forwards and back.

Who was Bill Clay’s wife (or so it was said). Who lived in Bill Clay’s cottage on the far side of Wash Fen Mere. Who made potions and predictions (or so it was claimed). childre. ut first, before I tell you about Martha, let me tell you about our Fen gees. y which I don’t mean the feathered, beaked and web-footed kind. Not the black-necked Canadas. Not the Grey-lags, Pink-foots or White-fronts, winging their way from the Arctic, driven by migratory urges no less mysterious than those of their watery fellow-wanderer, Anguilla anguilla.

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.

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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
What a wonderful book.

I grew up near this area and many times when reading this book, i was transported back to my childhood. He really nailed the atmosphere of the place.

It took me a little while to get into the story, but the history lesson and quality writing kept me in it. Once into the second half of the book, the story really starts to unfold, and the characters, so well developed up front, really come to life and take their place in the unfolding events.

You will know what is coming at the end, and wish with your heart to jump in and stop it, but you can't. You just can't, and you will have to bear the sorrowful burden with the rest of us. But it's so worth it.

Thank you Graham.
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 to life. Humans' need to know why, and sometimes to put a positive spin on potentially incriminating facts are what history is.

His own personal tragedies, including being forced to retire, give him a unique freedom to bend his lessons in ways that would otherwise have been impossible.

Extraordinarily well-written and satisfactory.
Graham Swift won the Booker Prize in 1996 for LAST ORDERS, the story of a group of East-End Londoners on a trip to dispose of a dead friend's ashes, and looking back at the mingled histories of their relationships going back decades. Swift's earlier novel WATERLAND (1983) is also preoccupied with the past, but it is a much easier book to read, with fewer characters and a more articulate narrator. This is Tom Crick, a South London history teacher who is about to be retired, under the guise of phasing out history in the school, but really for personal reasons that will become apparent. The novel is ostensibly the final history classes that Tom delivers to his students -- but it is a loose structure, full of fascinating digressions. Tom's official subject is the French Revolution, but he spends more time on the story of his family and the history and geography of his birthplace, the fens of East Anglia. In particular, he focuses on one particular year, 1943, a summer of growth and exploration, when teenage sexual encounters led to more than the usual consequences.

Comments on the cover of the paperback edition compare Swift to Melville and Hardy. Both comparisons are just, although Swift's style is his own. Certainly his willingness to suspend the story for long accounts of the draining of the fens, or the rise of the brewing industry, or the breeding habits of the European Eel must owe something to MOBY DICK; I can't claim that all his discursions feed back into the story (relatively simple as it is), but they do give great richness to its context. And Swift is like Hardy in his extraordinary ability to root his writing in a detailed and intimate sense of place -- in this case at the opposite side of England, in the bleak marshlands won with difficulty from the sea. This has personal relevance for me, as my own ancestors were among those who came over to England from Holland in the 17th century to help drain the fens. What I know of the area today fits exactly with what Swift describes, but his details of banks and backwaters and feel for the spirit of living year-round amid such expanses reveal a writer who has the fenland in the marrow of his bones.

There are secrets that emerge from all this excavation, but few surprises. Swift has a way of touching on something, leaving it, and returning much later by a different route. As a result, almost everything that happens has a tragic inevitability. It is here that Tom's preoccupation with history and Swift's feeling for the fenland come full circle. Tides ebb and flow; reclaimed land is lost to silt and water and painfully regained once more; history is a slow cycle that turns continually around the same old mistakes. Swift may take a pessimistic view, but no more than, say, Ian McEwan, whom he resembles in many of his themes (cf. THE CHILD IN TIME) and in the resilient life he gives to his characters. So it is not all tragedy. Even Tom Crick, who understands the long view better than anybody, goes into retirement with his head held high.
This is a masterwork. Writing this must have been a major undertaking; don't know how Swift did it. However, this book is not for those with short attention spans. You need to persevere. This story, set in the fens of eastern England, about a history teacher whose life is falling apart is well worth the effort.
Very mature book...intelligent and interesting.
Not an adventure but an experience.
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.
A lovely book and mesmerizing movie!
Superb novel set in a fascinating and unusual area of England, namely, the fens of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, and adjacent counties. I traveled there recently and am so glad that I read the novel in conjunction with my journey.

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