- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (2 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330518216
- ISBN-13: 978-0330518215
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Waterland (Picador Classic) Paperback – 2 Apr 2010
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Graham Swift’s multilayered chronicle set in the Cambridgeshire Fens is widely regarded as one of the finest British novels of the 1980s.
About the Author
Graham Swift was born in 1949 and is the author of many acclaimed novels, two collections of short stories (England and Other Stories, and Learning to Swim and Other Stories) and Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Prize (1983), and with Last Orders the Booker Prize (1996). Both novels have since been made into films. Graham Swift's work has appeared in over thirty languages.
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Regardless of the connections beween Swift's masterpiece and great American novels, this is a fantastic book completely soaked in the atmosphere of its surroundings and doing for the fens what Hardy did for Wessex and Du Maurier for Cornwall. Reading Waterland is to lose yourself among the eels and reeds of eastern England, and is a book that lingers long in the memory, both for the setting and the story.
The ending is rather abrupt and not all that satisfying.
At times depressing and lacking hope the story unwinds at a leisurely pace with long descriptive passages.
Would recommend reading it at least twice to fully understand it.
Had issues with the delivery and state of book (it's a secondhand one) but the content of the book is good.
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