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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (Dec 11 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307946940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307946942
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Scenes from a family saga Feb. 6 2013
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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, perhaps because I'm British but live in the US, and perhaps because I'm interested in the wars that shaped the last century. The structure is interesting, though the short extracts from the lives of four generations of a British family where all the protagonists are called a version of William made me feel that perhaps I wanted a four book saga. The writer pulls no punches in writing about war and its effect on Britain's ordinary families, and for that I give her credit. For some reason I found the book overall a bit unsatisfying.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Does not live up to its publicity June 3 2012
By M. Coleman - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading two favorable reviews, I eagerly ordered the Kindle version of The Undertow. I found the characters unappealing and uninteresting and their circumstances sordid. It was not until the final generation that I found a sympathetic individual. I was greatly disappointed as I had expected a truly compelling family saga.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My new favorite author Nov. 4 2013
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After reading this author's The Telling followed immediately by Longbourn, both immensely satisfying and enjoyable reads, I looked to see what else Jo Baker has to offer. I am not a fan of multi generation sagas typically avoiding them like the plague. That and the very mixed reviews had me hesitating over giving The Undertow a try. In the end it is Ms. Baker's excellent writing skills and compelling story telling that convinced me to give it a try and I am so glad that I did. In each of their stories - William's, Billy's, Will's and Billie's - we are presented with sufficient facts to give us a sense of their characters and their lives without it becoming so tedious as to cause a glazing over of the eyes and a book set aside unfinished. Ms. Baker's immense talent shows in the way she weaved the stories together returning briefly to those who went before to fill in some of the blanks and give us a better understanding of the Hastings family as a whole. In one short week having read all three books, Jo Baker has zipped to the top of my favorite authors list. I anxiously await her next book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Depressing story Dec 23 2013
By Natalie McMurdy - Published on
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I know, it was pretty true to life, but I was not entertained. I had to push myself to finish the book. I could have put it down and not finished it, but I hate to do that. I was hoping there was a happy ending. I guess you could say that Billie was happy by the end of the book. Would not recommend this story to my friends.
Four generations of Williams Feb. 10 2014
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This book, which I found I had read previously, appealed because it covers 4 generations and most of the 20th century
as well. William llives briefly, but is followed by son Billy, grandson Will and great-grandaughter Billie as the years
describe Britain at war, at peace and at war once again. Well written, it is a page turner for those of us who enjoy
following one family and the choices they make through the decades, spanning the years between 1914 and 2004.
I recommend it.