The Night Watch
Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners-three women and a young man with a past-whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly...more
This may be a sign of two things:
1. My ailing memory due to incipient old age
2. The fact that this books characters were not potentially striking or memorable enough to lodge them firmly within grey matter like a sort of post-reading word shrapnel.
Because no one likes to admi ...more
I loved this book. It follows the lives of four people backwards through World War II. It begins post-war, in 1947, and you meet these chara ...more
Luckily, this book improved after the first 250 dreadful pages. But isn't that a long time to wait for improvement? See my earlier comment for the defects of the book's Part One (takes place in 1947). Part two, set three years earlier, is certainly less boring, but only because the war was still on, not bec ...more
The Night Watch was not what I expected. I don't like war time stories. There is very little I enjoy about the gory detail or historical arrogance ...more
Really loved the first third of the novel, the rest not so much, it wasn't bad, it was just unsatisfying. There wasn't a proper ending to where the main characters were left off in part one of the story, I wanted an epilogue or something to tie up the many loose ends.
-What's What: Split into three sections, the first part of the story set in 1947 London, the next in 1944, and the final part set in 1941. Focuses on four main characters (Kay, Helen, Viv, Duncan) who have survived the war ...more
Probably I was expecting too much. By now I should have learned that I and Booker or Orange Price participants do not mesh well.
I so wanted to like this book, delve into the era, submerge myself in war-time London, only to fetch up short and painfully against the fact that Waters clearly dislikes the characters she writes. She concentrates so fully and entirely ...more
That said, this novel (as other reviewers have noted) is quite different from her others. The plot is certainly not as fast-paced or full of "twists" as the earlier novels; the setting has moved from Victorian to WWII (which makes a big difference to me a ...more
I feel a bit fooled when you do not get to know what happened after part one, what the women made of their lives, what happened to Helen and Julia? What did Kay do when she go ...more
This is elegant, and the unusual structure, which bothered me a little at first, actually works in a peculiar way to give a crescendo of sorts...to the horror of war, to that which has been overcome.
For males thinking "lesbians are hot", this will be a disappointment. It is a much more realistic treatment of the relationships among women t ...more
It's not an original idea to start at a moment in time (in this case 1947) and work the story backwards. In less accomplished hands this could be a disaster, but Waters manages it really well. In fact I think it really adds to the story. For instance one relationship in 1947 is shown as having lost its thrill and has become sta ...more
I was less thrilled with the fact the book starts in 1947 London and works its way backwards to 1941. It's well done, but gimmicky, a perfectly ordinary novel made slightly mysterious with...whatever the opposite of foreshadowing is. Odd ...more
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В дългата редичка книги за четене се намести и „Нощна стража“ на Сара Уотърс („Алтера“, 2012, с превод на Милен Русков). Взех да се оглеждам повече и за нула време направих списък с десетина книги, които по някаква причина съм пропуснал или просто оставил за по-късно. Това „по-късно“ взе да се приближава със завидна скорост и неусетно дойде времето за поредната привлякла вниманието ми книга. Има ли н ...more
There's no rubble showing but given the lack of lighting and era of the novel and the posture of the people, the light on the horizon must not be the last/first rays of the sun as I'd always sup ...more
Okay, first things first, gay 1940s ladies was everything I needed. 10/10 would recommend.
I do like a book that goes "back in time" so I appreciated the structure of this novel. It first gave the events of 1947, then 1944, then 1941. There's something about slowly understanding how the characters got into these situations that just appea ...more
It's not the slow pace that bothered me, or the excessive use of details. I think the author did a fantastic job describing the material side of living in wartime London - the food, the lack of cigarettes, the longing for luxury. It's not even that the story is sad and depressing and devoid of hope - and it is - I'm ...more
It's a slow burn novel--in my case very, very slow--but a must for any fan of Sarah Waters.
Waters attended university, earning degrees in English literature. Before writing novels Waters worked as an academic, earning a doctorate and teaching. Waters went directly from her doctoral thesis to her first novel. ...more