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Waterland af Graham Swift
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Waterland (original 1983; udgave 1999)

af Graham Swift (Forfatter)

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This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries...… (mere)
Medlem:Cliff_F
Titel:Waterland
Forfattere:Graham Swift (Forfatter)
Info:Picador (1999), 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Waterland af Graham Swift (1983)

  1. 10
    Ovenpå er der stille : roman af Gerbrand Bakker (chrisharpe)
  2. 10
    Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish af James Prosek (ehines)
    ehines: A character in Waterland is fixated by eels: their elusive nature, myths surrounding them, and how the riddle of their origin was finally solved. Waterland is mentioned in the Introduction as one of the inspirations for Prosek's book.
  3. 00
    The Sweet Shop Owner af Graham Swift (KayCliff)
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    Ulverton af Adam Thorpe (chrisharpe)
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    Life: An Exploded Diagram af Mal Peet (tim_halpin)
    tim_halpin: Similar obsession with the connection between History (with a capital H) and ordinary people's lives. Same historical scope. Also, coincidentally, both set in the East of England.
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Breath-taking in its juxtaposition of the water-land Fens with the watery uncertainty that washes away the narrator's attempts to historically ground his position in the world. Loved the conversational narration of the history teacher to his high school students--you'll want to read some passages aloud to yourself. ( )
  jostie13 | May 14, 2020 |
An experience where actions in the Fen are foreshadowed by a three century local history of striving or making do, and those actions have consequences four decades later in Greenwich. A dense layered wrapping around the core of a completely unexplored marriage of at least 35 years. Rich and evocative and I was left feeling I must hold my breath or drown. ( )
  quondame | Jan 24, 2020 |
Tom Crick, a middle-aged history teacher, faces job termination due to consolidation of history into a more general subject area. He spends more time discussing events local to the Fens and his own story than the subject of history. He also faces challenges at home as his wife suffered a mental breakdown. Swift's writing style is unique. This book would lend itself well to a book group for discussion as readers will engage with the narrative differently. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jan 14, 2020 |
Although meandering at times, this was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed Swift's style, and although not my favorite author, I will probably read more of his books in the future. I like the idea of a history teacher, whose life has taken a turn he could never have anticipated, suddenly departing from typical history lessons to instead relate his own history and the history of his family to his students. A last hurrah, a last attempt to immortalize himself perhaps...An understandable impulse as it is only by looking back that we can move forward with any real confidence. Those who ignore the past are fools who all too often are doomed to repeat it. ( )
1 stem LilyRoseShadowlyn | Nov 26, 2016 |
Multi-generational story set in the flat, soggy reclaimed lands of East Anglia. History and geography intermingle with family secrets and tragedies. Library book. ( )
  seeword | Oct 11, 2016 |
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The story was almost Dickensian in its complexity and dealt primarily with history teacher Tom Crick, whose barren wife Mary is driven to snatch a baby in the Lewisham Safeway, in south London, precipitating mental his breakdown and professional ruin. The main thrust of the story, however, concerns the difficult pathway through personal history that leads to these events, as told by "Cricky" during highly unorthodox history lessons. "At once a history of England, a Fenland documentary and a fictional autobiography," enthused the Observer, "this is a beautiful, serious and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original."
tilføjet af KayCliff | RedigerThe Guardian, John O'Mahony (Mar 1, 2003)
 

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"And don't forget," my father would say, as if he expected me at any moment to up and leave to seek my fortune in the wide world, "whatever you learn about people, however bad they turn out, each one of them has a heart, and each one of them was once a tiny baby sucking his mother's milk . . . "
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Children, be curious.  Nothing is worse (I know it) than when curiosity stops.  Nothing is more repressive than the repression of curiosity.  Curiosity begets love.  It weds us to the world. (pg.206)
Though the popular notion of revolution is that of categorical change, transformation - a progressive leap into the future - yet almost every revolution contains within it an opposite if less obvious tendency: the idea of a return.
History is that impossible thing: the attempt to give an account, with incomplete knowledge, of actions themselves undertaken with incomplete knowledge.
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This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries...

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