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“Waterland appropriates the Fens as Moby-Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors—a beautiful, serious, and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original.” —The Observer
“A formidably intelligent book—animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need.” —The New York Review of Books
“Swift spins a tale of empire-building, land reclamation, brewers and sluice-minders, bewhiskered Victorian patriarchs, insane and visionary relicts . . . A book of strange, insidious, unsettling power.” —Books and Bookmen
“Teems with energy, fertility, violence, madness . . . Demonstrates the irrepressible, wide-ranging talent of this young British writer.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Extraordinary . . . A personal book, a book that speaks to the innermost core of the reader . . . Waterland is history, it is exploration. Waterland is geography, lineage. It is commerce, decline and fall, the industrial revolution (the French one, too, with heads lopped off) and, like everything around us, it bears the scars of the two great wars of the twentieth century. It is family saga, family secrets, love, licit and otherwise; it is, above all, an exploration into what it is, this history thing, that affects us all, your history, mine, ours.”
—from the Introduction by Tim Binding
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
"Perfectly controlled, superbly written -- Waterland is original, compelling and narration of the highest order." -- The Guardian (U.K.)
"Swift spins a tale of empire-building, land reclamation, brewers and sluice-minders, bewhiskered Victorian patriarchs, insane and visionary relicts.... I can't remember when I read a book of such strange, insidious, unsettling power with a more startling cast of characters." -- Books and Bookmen (U.K.)
"Teems with energy, fertility, violence, madness -- demonstrates the irrepressible, wide-ranging talent of this young British writer." -- Washington Post Book World
"A formidably intelligent book -- animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need.... The most powerful novel I have read for some time." -- The New York Review of Books
"Waterland appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors -- a beautiful, serious, and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original." -- The Observer (U.K.)
"Rich, ingenious, inspired." -- The New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This is probably in my top ten of books. It is beautifully written and utilizes such a perfect metaphor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony
And so it seems like everyone extracts something different from this book. I wasn't interested in the history as much as on the actual content, on the part that dealt with people. Read morePublished on March 31 2002
Now, I'm not going to try and pretend I can explain the different facets of just why I hold this novel so dear to my heart, because I can't. Read morePublished on March 26 2002 by "dbsweeney"
This novel is really a story of "what might have been?" Everything was fine for the young lads for awhile; they secretly went off many times and made love, they didn't... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2001 by Dontlistentome
One exceptional book Waterland is a book about a history teacher being forced into early retirement, the teacher changes the subject of the French revolution into his own life and... Read morePublished on April 16 2000 by kim m benedict
"~Waterland was a novel that held me captive....I was unable to put it down without reading it in its entirety. Read morePublished on March 13 2000 by Kelly Anne Burns
Like most of the readers who posted their reviews here, I agree that Graham Swift's Waterland is indeed a masterpiece. Read morePublished on March 5 2000
Graham Swift is a great talent. Waterland is a wonderful novel. The narrator is Tom Crick who lived in the Fens in the 1930s and 1940s and is narrating the story from London in the... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2000 by William M. Hessberg
An interesting book, mostly by the lessons it gives in what to avoid when writing novels. In the thirties a group of young people experiment sexually, among them the narrator, his... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2000