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Description

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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  • Lauren
  • 28/07/2017

It takes 2 reads, but the layers seem endless

If you could sum up Waterland in three words, what would they be?

layered, symbolic, internalized

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator. He tells the story as a memory and part internal conversation. He contradicts himself, because he is working through trauma. How the novel's structure mimics trauma is impressive and interesting to work through. The way he works through his trauma, the reader goes through it with him.

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

No standouts. He does a good job making different voices for different characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is best to, in order to pick up on the repetitions and parallels, which made the novel impressive.

Any additional comments?

The main plot is set during the narrators childhood, this memory is triggered by his current experiences. He frames the story with paralleled stories of the history of the Fens. At first, these historical stories are tough to attach to the main story--especially because of their lengths, but on the second read everything fits. It simply takes 2 reads.
The book questions reality and history--whether they are truly created and organized to distract us from the world's emptiness.

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  • M. Henderson
  • 18/12/2015

Brilliant author, provocative style, great performance

In my second reading of this book, I also listened along (using whispersync). Graham Swift's flashbacks and flash forwards, with occasional historical interludes were fascinating and captivating. I think the spoken version alone might be difficult, especially for the first read. I recommend reading along.

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  • Souris
  • 27/08/2017

Leider nicht, was ich erwartet habe

Ich kenne von Graham Swift "Ein Festtag" (mit Iris Berben. ausgezeichnet), "Light of day" sehr gut. Und nun "Waterland". von der Kritik sehr gelobt, aber für einen Nicht-Briten, eher uninteressant und geradezu langweilig. Historie, mit der ich nichts zu tun habe.

Der Sprecher ist ausgezeichnet, gut zu verstehen. Der Text setzt eine nicht zu geringe Kenntnis im englischen Vokabular voraus, aber geht schon mit Hilfe eines gelegentlichen Blickes ins Wörterbuch..

Aber, ob ich nun unbedingt alles über die Nöte von Brauereibesitzern in längst vergangenen Jahrhunderten,, oder ertrunkenen Bauernsöhnen wissen will, ist eine andere Sache.