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.
Waterland is simultaneously a family saga, a novel of provincial life, a social history and a story of adolescent love.
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Flat lands but no flat story
Its not the best book I've listened to but it is riveting and a page turner
The description of the flooded fenland and the effect it had on the local inhabitants
They were all done so well it is impossible to choose. Perhaps the narrator came over most convincingly
In a land of water where water rules lives, life is as unpredictable as the waters.
The way this book is structured is a little difficult to follow at first, but once used to the way of it, becomes an important factor in the suspense. A slight niggle for me was the end which I felt was a bit drawn-out. Otherwise a well written gripping story.
A picture of rural England
- Martin Minter