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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. 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 sort of screams DON T HAVE PREMARITAL SEX PREMARITAL SEX HAS HORRIBLE PHYSICAL EMOTIONAL AND SUPERNATURAL CONSEUENCES Tom as an adult and his wife s mental collapse and crime and Tom s subseuent forced retirement from the school where he is a history teacher and the history of his family beginning centuries ago Between the two branches of his family there s a great deal of playing with Freud s concepts of melancholia and mourning melancholia the inability to let go of something and move on being stuck in the past refusing to move forward with the future leading to your eventual demise and mourning being the state of moving on of grieving and then getting over it Tom s family has one branch on each side And then it goes into History versus history the big overarching world History versus your own history and how much you re ever a part of History and the collapse of linear time and the fact that although Time God and Hhistory are possibly arbitrary and fictional we still need themThen the incest startsAlso some philosophizing about eelsI m not kidding This book gets a little ridiculous It s a semi Postmodern text examining the difficulty of writing Realism in a Postmodern era but it goes off on romantic not Romantic tangents about natural history and cultural history and all in a very Julian Barnes A History of the World in 10 12 Chapters way Then it goes into creepy Stephen King esue scenes with the children exploring the two great draws in life sex and death The only constants heh I ended up wishing either Stephen King or Julian Barnes had written it and focused on it as it is the tension is uneasy and yet uneasy in a way that really contributes to the novel and its aims Although I do love how the idea of storytelling is played with in this novel the idea that we can t bear reality without the stories we create to endow it with meaning because otherwise reality is too strong too harsh and will overpower us But again that s very BarnesThere is a beautiful passage though which I ll include here Once upon a time people believed in the end of the world Look in the old books see how many times and on how many pretexts the end of the world has been prophesied and foreseen calculated and imagined But that of course was superstition The world grew up It didn t end People threw off superstition as they threw off their parents They said Don t believe that old mumbo jumbo You can change the world you can make it better The heavens won t fall it was true For a little while it didn t start so long ago only a few generations ago the world went through its revolutionary progressive phase and the world believed it would never end it would go on getting better But then the end of the world came back again not as an idea or a belief but as something the world had fashioned for itself all the time it was growing upWhich only goes to show that if the end of the world didn t exist it would be necessary to invent it Down and Out in Paris and London go of something and move on being stuck in the past refusing to move forward with the future leading to your eventual demise and mourning being the state of moving on of PHP Pocket Reference goes into History versus history the big overarching world History versus your own history and how much you re ever a part of History and the collapse of linear time and the fact that although Time God and Hhistory are possibly arbitrary and fictional we still need themThen the incest startsAlso some philosophizing about eelsI m not kidding This book The Face on the Milk Carton goes off on romantic not Romantic tangents about natural history and cultural history and all in a very Julian Barnes A History of the World in 10 12 Chapters way Then it Winds of Enchantment goes into creepy Stephen King esue scenes with the children exploring the two The Odds Against great draws in life sex and death The only constants heh I ended up wishing either Stephen King or Julian Barnes had written it and focused on it as it is the tension is uneasy and yet uneasy in a way that really contributes to the novel and its aims Although I do love how the idea of storytelling is played with in this novel the idea that we can t bear reality without the stories we create to endow it with meaning because otherwise reality is too strong too harsh and will overpower us But again that s very BarnesThere is a beautiful passage though which I ll include here Once upon a time people believed in the end of the world Look in the old books see how many times and on how many pretexts the end of the world has been prophesied and foreseen calculated and imagined But that of course was superstition The world Tokyo Kill grew up It didn t end People threw off superstition as they threw off their parents They said Don t believe that old mumbo jumbo You can change the world you can make it better The heavens won t fall it was true For a little while it didn t start so long ago only a few Unbroken The Reaper Diaries generations ago the world went through its revolutionary progressive phase and the world believed it would never end it would Bhishma an Enigma go on The Art of Loving getting better But then the end of the world came back again not as an idea or a belief but as something the world had fashioned for itself all the time it was Jack Kerouac growing upWhich only

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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. 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 broken shell on shore If you find yourself at the end sitting on a beach skin saturated in emotion mind stunned by the force of Swift s writing and holding a husk of this book then we ll know it s the latter I don t know you guys Maybe he s just good with the words G Swift you keep throwing books over the Atlantic and I ll keep catching them with open arms

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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. 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 scene the teacher s childless wife Cusack takes a child from a supermarket and believes it to be hers The teacher explains to his class how he and his wife had a teenage romance which led to a disastrous abortion that left her infertile The teacher is tortured by the guilt of this as well as the jealousy he demonstrated to his older brother when he suspected his girlfriend s child was his brother s The girl s flirtation with the older brother sets off events that lead to the older boy s death by drowning A side theme is the teacher s grandfather who was a successful brewer and who fathered with his daughter the narrator s older brother The film ends with the teacher s dismissal from his school and a possible renewal of his relationship with his wifeAt last the film has been viewed and it was splendid the casting alone was a canny dealBettie s Books


About the Author: 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 ueens' College Cambridge and later the University of York He was a friend of Ted HughesSome 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



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

  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 o

  3. says:

    This is a story about a history teacher Tom Crick He is in his fifties and lives in Greenwich England known for

  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 the form of flashbacks to tell the story of a teenage boy and his mentally challenged older brother living 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 itThough as the blurb helpfully point out there are eels and incest

  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

  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 will not know until I pick up

  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 ye

  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 tribul

  10. says:

    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 uestion – why?It has a strong and veritable bearing on today this

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