Waterland

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

  • Title: Waterland
  • Author: Graham Swift
  • ISBN: 9780679739791
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of aSet 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 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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    About "Graham Swift"

    1. Graham Swift

      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.

    498 thoughts on “Waterland”

    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 PH [...]


    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 sce [...]


    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 more 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 [...]


    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 [...]


    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 brok [...]


    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 pr [...]


    8. Yes, there's eels. Yes, there's incest. But more 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 acros [...]


    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 [...]


    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, Sinéad 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 [...]


    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 more than two centuries with its quirky characters, its trage [...]


    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 hundr [...]


    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 [...]


    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 the [...]


    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 [...]


    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 more could you want? Swift was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for this novel and won it for Last Orde [...]


    20. Kitabı okumakta zorlandım fakat süprizlerle dolu olaylar içerdiğini söyleyebilirim. Sanki yazar Roman yazmayı değil de bazı hikayeleri birleştirmeye çalışmışı düşündürdü bana. Herşey rağmen okunası bir kitap. Sıra dışı anlatım ve olay örgüsü , en doğru tanım 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 [...]


    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 n [...]


    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 [...]


    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 c [...]


    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 wo [...]


    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 t [...]


    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 more. All in all a good book but not some [...]


    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 more 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, kurį sukelia tokios Literatūros skaitymas. Meistriška, intelektuali, kuomet ne tiek svarbu APIE KĄ, kiek svarbu KAIP.


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