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Waterland (Picador Classic) Paperback – 1 Jan 2015
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Graham Swift has mapped his Waterland like a new Wessex. He appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors. This is a beautiful, serious and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original (Observer)
Perfectly controlled, superbly written. Waterland is original, compelling and narration of the highest order (Guardian)
A 300-page tour de force . . . A burst of exuberant fictive energy (Evening Standard)
Waterland is a formidably intelligent book, animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need. The most powerful novel I have read for some time (New York Review of Books)
A quite brilliant novel (Daily Telegraph)
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)
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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.
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.