Waterland Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia and spanning some years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest ale making and madne

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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  1. Graham Colin Swift FRSL born May 4, 1949 is a British author He was born in London, England and educated at Dulwich College, London, Queens College, Cambridge, and later the University of York He was a friend of Ted Hughes.Some of his works have been made into films, including Last Orders, which starred Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins and Waterland which starred Jeremy Irons Last Orders was a joint winner of the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and a mildly controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 1996, owing to the superficial similarities in plot to William Faulkner s As I Lay Dying Waterland was set in The Fens it is a novel of landscape, history and family, and is often cited as one of the outstanding post war British novels and has been a set text on the English Literature syllabus in British schools.

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  1. Waterland, published in 1983, is a semi postmodern examination of the end of History, the trajectory of the promise of the Enlightenment It is set in the 80 s, but looks backwards through history, centering around 1943 It has three different plots in the 40 s, when the narrator Tom is a teenager, it tells of the death of another teenage boy and of the consequences of fooling around with curious Catholic schoolgirls it sort of screams DON T HAVE PREMARITAL SEX PREMARITAL SEX HAS HORRIBLE PHYSICAL [...]

  2. Description from Wiki The film follows the story of an anguished English born Pittsburgh high school teacher Irons in 1974 going through a reassessment of his life His method is to narrate his life to his class and interweave three generations of his family s history The film portrays the history teacher s narrative in the form of flashbacks to tell the story of a teenage boy and his mentally challenged older brother living in The Fens of England with their widowed father In an opening scene the [...]

  3. This may be one of the most beautifully written books I ve ever read A lot of my favorite books, some of which I enjoyed even than this one, have some combination of good plots, good themes, or good characters, but the quality of the writing leaves something to be desired This is one of those novels that is so expertly crafted that it makes you remember what great writing is The premise of a history teacher who is about to involuntarily retire due to the principal s decision to eliminate the hi [...]

  4. Like the countryside in which it is set, I recall this book as being grey, depressing, and sodden I can t recall a thing that I learned from it all I remember is the enormous sense of relief I had once I managed to finish it.Though, as the blurb helpfully point out, there are eels and incest.

  5. After Rushdie s The Moor s Last Sigh I could only expect that another family saga will end up in my hands Waterland by Graham Swift It was my first plunge into Swift s waters, and I hope that it won t be the last one I only regret reading Waterland in Lithuanian instead of its original language, and I will not know until I pick up the next book by Swift if my four stars should be attributed to my not fully identifying with the author s voice or the translator s.Waterland is a story about storyte [...]

  6. What is it about Swift s writing that I find so haunting Nearly all of his novels are about a middle aged man in an existential crisis, and yet I find them deeply, arrestingly relatable even as a young, happy lady It might be his concise sentence structure, or it might be his ability to, at the end of the story, connect all the small moments and rush them toward the reader in a fast, breathtaking wave until finally leaving a brisk declaration of The Point of Everything in the wake, like a broken [...]

  7. Tom Crick, now a history teacher, is forced into retirement due to an unfortunate and ghastly act committed by his wife Why Tom Crick asks and seeks answers to a lot of why s because history rides uncomfortably behind that very word, that very monosyllabic question why It has a strong and veritable bearing on today, this history, the past, that incident incidents It shapes, shakes, cautions, humiliates, and intimidates this history.Would the gory chapters of the French revolution prove half as i [...]

  8. Yes, there s eels Yes, there s incest But importantly, there s a subtle flow of history, back and forth across the pages from the French Revolution to the nuclear days of WWII Lessons learned from the trials and tribulations of the Crick family can easily be applied to the great events of world history, and history itself is shown to be an irresistible constant of useless baggage wrapped around dire foretelling The world is racing to improve itself at such speeds as to dash itself across the ro [...]

  9. From Tim Binding s introduction Waterland has the appearance of a magnificent engine, a shining and brilliant marvel of construction It has its oiled wheels, its cogs, its ratchets, its levers It breathes power The book jacket claims this is an extraordinary masterpiece Overstated praise No, this one is a beauty And to think I simply pulled this off a shelf at the library, as I often look for books I ve never heard of by authors unknown to me Bothersome to realize the possibility of many other b [...]

  10. I really loved this the first two or three times I read it I even saw the movie adaptation with Jeremy Irons, which wasn t very good But then I reread it 15 years later, and thought it was insufferably pretentious.John Irving read it too I am convinced he ripped off elements of this book for A Prayer for Owen Meany, which was based mostly on The Scarlet Letter and is a piece of shit.

  11. This is the story of Tom Crick, a history teacher, who tries to find the real meaning of life.The movie based on this bookWaterland 1992 is so good as the book.Stars Jeremy Irons, Sin ad Cusack, Ethan Hawke among others

  12. Children, there s this thing called civilisation It s built of hopes and dreams It s only an idea It s not real It s artificial No one ever said it was real It s not natural, no one ever said it was natural It s built by the learning process by trial and error It breaks easily No one ever said it couldn t fall to bits And no one ever said it would last for ever When I add a book to my pessimism shelf, after having finished it, I probably enjoyed it This isn t always the case, but I get an undeni [...]

  13. The uniqueness of this novel is in its narrative voice, that of a history professor, so it has a pedantic feel to it, like a long series of lectures as, indeed, some scenes take place in a classroom The main action, where the narrator grew up, is a kind of place I have not actually seen, which here is called the Fens, and which in my imagination are but swamps expanded into acres upon acres It s basically a family history spanning than two centuries with its quirky characters, its tragedies, pa [...]

  14. The Norwich, Gildsey, Peterborough railway was introduced primarily as a passenger service but, by enabling cheap freight transportation, also contributed to the emergence of rail as the principal artery of agricultural trade in mid nineteenth century East Anglia, overtaking inland waterways, with radical implications for the region s economy and socio political fabric If you struggled to get to the end of that sentence then Waterland may not be for you, as it s basically hundreds and hundreds o [...]

  15. C1983 This book won the Guardian fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize I am now certain that I am a philistine Whilst relishing the truly wonderful use of the English language, the continuing philosophical asides, whilst serving a purpose, really started to become draining towards the end Excuse the pun Very little dialogue with the narrative playing the larger role The characters were brilliantly drawn and the family history eye opening Of course, we all know what goes on in th [...]

  16. Waterland may be the most intelligent book I have ever read It is a mystery, a novel, a history or eeling and beer making on the fens and a romance Graham swift is one of the best writers in English and this books is just way better than his other excellent stuff.

  17. Waterland is a book I think I will quickly forget The place is perhaps what will stay with me the most The author, Swift, clearly did quite a bit of research on English waterways the historical relevance of inner waterway travel commerce in 19th century England So that was different And there is also a weird relationship between nature the people that inhabit this place that was mildly intriguing, although I never really put my finger on what that connection means for these people What bothered [...]

  18. Where do we draw the line between history and stories A personal history, the story or one s family, the study of what brought you to your present state and situation history stories A search for answers will always lead backwards, and sometimes what you find is not pleasant perhaps at times not knowing is best.Gothic family drama flutters back in forth through the life of history teacher protagonist, Tom Crick, and back through the history of his family and the flat Fens countryside that they c [...]

  19. If I could only have five books with me on a desert island, this would be one of them It s got everything madness, arson, alemaking, incest, the claiming of land by technology and its reclamation by the sea, and the French Revolution Plus a lyrical, fairytale like tone No other book I ve read explores the relationship between geography and the history of a people better than this one What could you want Swift was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for this novel and won it for Last Orders, but IM [...]

  20. Kitab okumakta zorland m fakat s prizlerle dolu olaylar i erdi ini s yleyebilirim Sanki yazar Roman yazmay de il de baz hikayeleri birle tirmeye al m d nd rd bana Her ey ra men okunas bir kitap S ra d anlat m ve olay rg s , en do ru tan m olurdu bence.

  21. It is recommended that you do not read this if you have not read the novel, and you should read this with no prior expectations This was really something that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, because of the expertly crafted sentences and adroit sense of English by Swift This novel explores the nature and importance of history through universal stories passed down from generations and I really found it interesting that Swift manages to write a novel spanning so many different time periods This novel [...]

  22. There are times they come around really quite often when good dry textbook history takes a plunge into the old swamps of myth and has to be retrieved with empirical fishing lines History, being an accredited sub science, only wants to know the facts History, if it is to keep on constructing its road into the future, must do so on solid ground At all costs let us avoid mystery making and speculations, secrets and idle gossip And, for God s sake, nothing supernatural And above, all let us not tell [...]

  23. I cannot say enough about how great this book is truly a modern classic Graham Swift s Waterland blends the innovative use of language of James Joyce the multilayered, obsessive attention to detail of Herman Melville the philosophical underpinnings of Dostoevsky the epic historical sweep of Salman Rushdie and Tolstoy the engrossing arc of a family s rise and fall of Faulkner the page turning, intricately plotted suspense of Stephen King all tied up neatly in what amounts to a history teacher s m [...]

  24. That s the way it is life includes a lot of empty space We are one tenth living tissue, nine tenths water life is one tenth Here and Now, nine tenths a history lesson For most of the time the Here and Now is neither now nor here Tom Crick is a history teacher about to be sacked because of something that his wife has done and because both his students and the school Head cannot see the relevance of the topic in today s world So he decides to abandon the syllabus and instead tell his class about h [...]

  25. Yep, I get it The protagonist narrator is a History teacher, and is hence all tied up in wanting to explain everything in terms of putting them in their historical context For me though there was far, far, too much meandering, sleepy, irrelevant setting and barely any actual plot whatsoever.I ve read authors books of this ilk before modern British literature with a personal mystery surrounding a tragedy, all teased out over the course of several hundred pages Some of these haven t really worked, [...]

  26. This is a long book, and not one of Graham Swift s best Tom Crick is a history teacher who is getting the boot the novel, which shifts back and forth through the Victorian and earlier, WW2 and current eras is told in an oratorical, rhetorical style by Tom to his class Now let me tell you a story Initially the effect is hypnotic and compellingly dream like, as the parallel threads of Tom s ancestors, his youth and his present problems are spun out, all in the present tense But the relevant parts [...]

  27. This book didn t particularly grab me, the story is decent, the writing is good but I didn t feel very connected to it I found some of the authors techniques a little irritating, especially the hanging uncompleted sentences, I understand why he used it as a tool, but it was overused and just became annoying I also felt a bit let down as the book just stopped, even though I wasn t that engaged with the characters I felt that I wanted to know a little All in all a good book but not something that [...]

  28. This is a book that broke my heart, but added some interesting new valves in the process It s best consumed by wolfing it down, then going back and reading it again, lingeringly and slow.It also changed, and still colors, my understanding of history I have two books in this category Waterland and War Peace this one s a better read, of course That will likely sound painfully dull to you, unless you have read this book, in which case you ll probably know what I mean.

  29. Nothing was humiliating than when I had to share this book with a boy in my English book, after I had dropped it in the bathtub and was unable to sufficiently dry it before class The boy said, I know it s called Waterland, but did you have to read it, while immersed in water

  30. Jau buvau pasiilgusi nuostabaus jausmo, kur sukelia tokios Literat ros skaitymas Meistri ka, intelektuali, kuomet ne tiek svarbu APIE K , kiek svarbu KAIP.

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