Waterland, Graham Swift. They are little broken-off bits of heaven.
Waterland, Graham Swift. Which is why they hang in the sky but seem as though at any time they might dro.
Waterland is a 1983 novel by British author Graham Swift. It won the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is considered the author's premier novel. In 1992, the book was adapted as a film, starring Jeremy Irons. The novel is set in the Fens in East Anglia. Waterland is concerned with the nature and importance of history as the primary source of meaning in a narrative
FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors.
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This was the first book by Graham Swift I have read and it was certainly not the last. This story about a familiy over generations, about a landscape, but also about history and the question if it even exists or is actually capable to teach us something, about the tragedy of life and humankind, has really gripped me. And the writing is wonderful, there have been a lot of passages I noted down.
Breaking out of the centre of Norwich on a bike takes no time. I just slip out onto the ring road near my house, pass a couple of roundabouts and then take an old railway line leading north: Marriot's Way. The track repeatedly crosses the winding river Wensum on old A-frame bridges and bumps over dark drainage ditches. Generally, it's arched over by trees - bare at the moment with crooked branches like beckoning witch's fingers
Who was Bill Clay’s wife (or so it was said). Who lived in Bill Clay’s cottage on the far side of Wash Fen Mere. Who made potions and predictions (or so it was claimed).
Who was Bill Clay’s wife (or so it was said). childre. ut first, before I tell you about Martha, let me tell you about our Fen gees. y which I don’t mean the feathered, beaked and web-footed kind. Not the black-necked Canadas. Not the Grey-lags, Pink-foots or White-fronts, winging their way from the Arctic, driven by migratory urges no less mysterious than those of their watery fellow-wanderer, Anguilla anguilla.
Compulsively readable, it is a novel of resonant depth and encyclopaedic richness, mixing human and natural history and exploring the tragic forces that take us both forwards and back.
A fine and original work.
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