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St ale making and madness the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedyWaterland like the Hardy novels carries with all else a prof. 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 itThough as the blurb helpfully point out there are eels and incest

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Ound 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 Time. 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 rocks of its own progress falling in love with the idea of complete destruction in order to break from the mindless fervor pace Humans are the most obvious instrument and often times side effect of this juggernaut and as Tom shows the only thing to be done is to try and understand the facts behind the madness Not to get THE answer but SOME answer delving deep and retrieving something serviceable something that will reason out the unfortunate events and say Here This is why it happened Knowing this won t change anything save your ability to cope And perhaps add you to the chain of conseuences propagated from this history Your decision

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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 ince. This is a story about a history teacher Tom Crick He is in his fifties and lives in Greenwich England known for its observatory Greenwich Mean Time and 0 longitude You might say it is where time starts or at least the place by which other times are set This is a book about the importance of history both world history and personal history History hinges upon what came before in timeTom is the narrator of the story He starts in the present the 1980s He is being forced into retirement Why Decreased funding or something else Instead of delivering dry lectures he decides to tell of his own ancestors his years as a teenager growing up in the Fens the coastal lands of East Anglia and of his marriage He weaves himself into history Why Because personal stories make history relevantThe telling shifts this way and that in time The telling is fragmentary and nonlinear This is a techniue that usually does not appeal to me but it works here There is an excitement a sense of tension that builds in the novel You want to know and and A sentence is started and then left hanging You know exactly what was to be said but is then not said This writing style is unusual I have not run into it before It s good very good It draws your attention keeps you alert and adds suspense There is an underlying satirical tone that has you uestioning what is implied The prose is thought provokingAs we are shown why a knowledge of history is important we see life in the Fens The area and life there are drawn vividly We learn of how wetlands are recovered of floods sluice gates the management of locks and even eels The spawning of European eels in the Sargasso Sea and eels in a girl s panties All of this is told by a master storyteller an instructor who has a natural talent for teaching Think back to those special teachers you have had those teachers that incite curiosity that make learning magical Reading this book is like being in such a class What is drawn is no happy story but it feels real We read of the discovery and awakening of sexual desire Of incest mental retardation jealousy and envy Abortion and deaths A father fights in the First World War and his son in the Second World War Is history simply a record of past mistakes How do religious beliefs fit into the picture Can knowledge of past events make us better people With knowledge can we make better decisions Sometimes yes Sometimes no Life without curiosity is a dead end If you have curiosity how can one stop asking why why why as life unrolls If you are a person who incessantly asks why the need for history is a givenChristian Rodska narrates the audiobook At the beginning he reads too fast He slows down As you come to know who is who the story is no longer difficult to follow By the end I thought the narration was worth four stars very good The book shouldn t work but it most definitely does work I like it a lot and will be reading by the author soon I know my gut reaction explaining why is what is difficult


10 thoughts on “Waterland

  1. says:

    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 conseuences of fooling around with curious Catholic schoolgirls it

  2. says:

    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 uality 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 inv

  3. says:

    This is a story about a history teacher Tom Crick He is in his fifties and lives in Greenwich England known for its observatory Greenwich Mean Time and 0° longitude You might say it is where time starts or at least the place by which other times are set This is a book about the importance of history both world history and personal history History hinges upon what came before in timeTom is the narrator of the story He starts in the present

  4. says:

    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 t

  5. says:

    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 itT

  6. says:

    Murder incest guilt insanity ale and eels Hard to imagine not loving a book with themes like that eh? Or is it?Waterland Picador Classic is undeniably an impressive and ambitious novel which ruminates upon history's relentless tide of change and humanity’s subseuent shifting fortunes It’s also firmly rooted in the watery world

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 conn

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Tom Crick now a history teacher is forced into retirement due to an unfortunate and ghastly act committed by his