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Waterland by Graham Swift
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 21 to 29, 2011

After several non-fiction books in a row I was keen to get immersed in a good story, and Waterland came well recommended, which gave it a lot to live up to.

Set in the bleak fens of East Anglia the history teacher narrator weaves a story of times passing and lives lived through several generations, culminating in his own. Loss of innocence (individual and collective) and loss of life are recurrent themes, yet the book manages to avoid a maudlin tone through some wonderfully evocative writing.

At times reminiscent of Owen Meaney (praise indeed), although thankfully much shorter, Waterland is a quiet gem. Definitely recommended.

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Alex Johnson I have read this. It was good. Eels.

Mark Love Yup, you recommended it a couple of years ago, but it's taken this long to get to the top of my pile. Eels and beer.

Jeanius I read this several years ago and loved it too. J

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