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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
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Jul 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: i-own-this, ww2, london, glbt-girls, drama, epic, own-highbury, seen-the-film
Recommended to Sally by: Tara Calaby
Read from July 27 to 30, 2011 , read count: 1

Oh wow, talk about unputdownable! That really WAS a quicker read than the size of the book suggested, although I was still not about to take it to Cardiff with me and carry it around all day ;) I can never decide whether or not I like Fingersmith or Tipping the Velvet best, but this is an easy second behind those two. I liked it more than Affinity, and I really loved Affinity. Time to add Sarah Waters to my favourite authors list I think!

I LOVE World War II settings, especially WWII London. I of course love girls who like girls... this book was quite perfect for me. EXCEPT!! I managed to develop the most epic crush on Viv... who was of course THE one straight girl in the entire thing! Grrr ;) I kept hoping for there to have been some kind of fling in her past - but no. Sigh! Perhaps in her future, once she realises Reggie is simply not worth it.

I loved Kay and Helen as well, was not as keen on Julia but then she wasn't one of the main characters so that doesn't matter. Duncan's story was fascinating as well. I did enjoy the way the story went backwards, showing us 1947, then 1944, then 1941 - it was amazing to go back and suddenly have the "future" make sense/be cleared up. But at the same time, it was terribly sad as well to finish the first section and know that that was IT - I would know more about what had happened, but the story essentially stopped there. There was to be no finding out of what would happen next. All of the "...omg!" and "aha!" moments were brilliant and oh my, this book is simply spectacular the way everything is woven together. But I am a simple girl and I think I would have really liked it even more had there been a final chapter that went forward to 1948 or something. For now I will just cheerfully imagine Kay seducing Viv in a bar one night after she has finally given up on Reggie.

I loved also how very wonderfully London it was, with so many street names and tube stations and everything mentioned - you could see the map in your head and that was just incredible. I love all that detail so much.

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07/27/2011 "okay, bring it on! :D"
07/27/2011 page 163
35.0% "Oh gee, I have such a crush on Viv." 4 comments
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SJH (A Dream of Books) Did you watch the TV adaptation?

Sally Not yet - book first :D Is it good?

Sally Just saw it today! I wasn't really overwhelmed by it :( I wonder why they crammed it all into 90 minutes instead of making another miniseries like with Tipping and Fingersmith? There's too much of The Night Watch to do it justice in an hour and a half only!

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