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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. 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 sWaterland is a story about storytelling a narrative about narration that analyses the meaning and the necessity of history Children only animals live entirely in the Here and Now Only nature knows neither memory nor history But man let me offer you a definition is the storytelling animal Wherever he goes he wants to leave behind not a chaotic wake not an empty space but the comforting marker buoys and trail signs of stories He has to go on telling stories He has to keep on making them up As long as there s a story it s all right Even in his last moments it s said in the split second of a fatal fall or when he s about to drown he sees passing rapidly before him the story of his whole life And so the protagonist of the book Tom a history teacher in a high school tells us a story About the waterland the low lying fens somewhere in east England About drainage and beer brewing madness and murder coming of age incest abortion and childlessness Swift suggests that history is cyclical that any revolution for a better future is always based on a vision or an adapted reflection of a period of prosperity and wellbeing in the past That a change leads to another change which does not always mean progress That there is also regression and repetition The Fens where the biggest part of the story is based serve Swift as the main metaphor of this cyclicality Despite centuries of efforts to drain and improve the land in the fens the water had always found the way to return through rains and floods bringing disasters to the inhabitants Do we all live in the fens of history I dare to ask And is there to it than trying to keep our heads above the water of its recurring floodsI may or I may not find the answer but I will keep wondering Your Why gives the answer Your demand for explanation provides an explanation Isn t the seeking of reasons itself inevitably an historical process since it must always work backwards from what came after to what came before And so long as we have this itch for explanations must we not always carry round with us this cumbersome but precious bag of clues called history Another definition children Man the animal which demands an explanation the animal which asks Why

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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 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 involuntarily retire due to the principal s decision to eliminate the history program makes it plausible that the narration is the main character s last lectures to his class It gets extremely personal and at times inappropriate for a class lecture but because he no longer has anything to lose Tom Crick speaks uncensored ultimately teaching the class not only his personal history some of which is pretty grizzly but also how history is valuable because it is a part of everyone Every life has become and will become a part of history Because of the style of narration it is almost a stream of consciousness You get the feeling that his words are almost floating out of him of their own will and that he just lets it happen As a result the stories of his life jump around rather than happening chronologically One moment he ll be talking about his brother and him during the war then he ll jump to the history of his family in the 18th century then to his own marriage and then back and forth again It can get a little confusing at times because he never tells you which part of his life he is returning to the reader just has to have patience and then it will be revealed In short I recommend this book to anyone who is craving writing as art Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości eels and ince. This may be one of the most beautifully written books I ve Dreams of Glass ever read A lot of my favorite books some of which I Zawieszenie niewiary enjoyed Healing Sex 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 Spark (Stronger, 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 Wonder Woman and Philosophy eliminate the history program makes it plausible that the narration is the main character s last lectures to his class It gets Sozialismus Und Kapitalistische Gesellschaftsordnung extremely personal and at times inappropriate for a class lecture but because he no longer has anything to lose Tom Crick speaks uncensored ultimately teaching the class not only his personal history some of which is pretty grizzly but also how history is valuable because it is a part of Sponsor. Tom 1 (Sponsor, everyone Every life has become and will become a part of history Because of the style of narration it is almost a stream of consciousness You get the feeling that his words are almost floating out of him of their own will and that he just lets it happen As a result the stories of his life jump around rather than happening chronologically One moment he ll be talking about his brother and him during the war then he ll jump to the history of his family in the 18th century then to his own marriage and then back and forth again It can get a little confusing at times because he never tells you which part of his life he is returning to the reader just has to have patience and then it will be revealed In short I recommend this book to anyone who is craving writing as art

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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


10 thoughts on “Waterland

  1. says:

    Waterland published in 1983 is a semi post

  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 e

  3. says:

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

  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 th

  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

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    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 wate

  7. says:

    After Rushdie‘s “The Moor’s Last Sigh” I could only expect that another family saga will end up in my ha

  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

  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 tribu

  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 history

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