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Waterland by Graham Swift
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May 21, 2013

it was ok
bookshelves: literature
Read from January 19, 2012 to May 19, 2013

A laborious read. Since it took me a year-and-a-half to read, I can't honestly remember why I decided to read this book in the first place. I remember enjoying the first 40 pages, which had some interesting commentary about the nature of history. For some reason, I got unreasonably obsessed with actually finishing the book, even though I had to force myself to wade through the lugubrious, overwritten prose, which is full of rambling asides. The story follows 200 years of a family's history and some parts were interesting, but it was clear to me that the author must have read Moby Dick just before he wrote this. You can clearly see the influence, only Waterland doesn't have cool cannibal harpooners or creepy sea captains---instead it's set in the dreary fens of East Anglia and the story revolves around incest, eels, and botched abortions.

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