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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
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Oct 24, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: literary
Read in November, 2007

I can honestly say I haven't read a book like this before, and that's a good thing. It was really engrossing, mainly because it was almost completely character driven, and the characters were very interesting. The story starts in 1947 in post-War Britain, then the 2nd half is in 1944, and then it ends in 1941 (basically wrapping up how these characters first met each other). I really have to go back and skim the first third of the book because now i will understand what's really going on with all the back story filled in. What I would've really appreciated was an epilogue, but of course, that's because i'm a plot-driven kind of girl and i like things tied up in neat little bows. Sarah Waters doesn't particularly care about that!

I was warned that I will feel frustrated because the book is unfinished, and I slightly do, but the book isn't about what will happen (which is what plot-driven books are all about) and tying up loose ends; Waters is concerned with what HAS happened to the characters, and how they've ended up where they did. And if you think about the story that way, all the loose ends are tied up. It was a little slow, and SO MUCH DETAIL! But the story was interesting, and I know more about post-War England than I ever have before--she has just the right attention to detail. Incredibly well-written, but you definitely need to devote some time and energy to it. It's no Harry Potter! But we all need to mix up our reading occasionally!
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message 1: by Steve (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:02PM) (new)

Steve This sounds right up my alley. Added it to my list.

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