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ISBN:0330323504
Author: Graham Swift
ISBN13: 978-0330323505
Title: Waterland
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Picador in association with W.; New Ed edition (1992)
Pages: 320

Waterland by Graham Swift



Waterland, Graham Swift. 1st Vintage international ed. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-307-82980-1. How about it? A chance to get on with that book of yours – what was it now? – A History of the Fens?’ But I didn’t take up this offer. Because, as it happened, you listened, you listened, all ears, to those new-fangled lessons. You listened to old Cricky’s crazy yarns (true? made up?) – in a way you never listened to the n prodigies of the French Revolution.

Waterland is a 1983 novel by Graham Swift. It is considered the author's premier novel. In 1992, the book was made into a film. The title of the novel refers to its setting in The Fens in East Anglia. Waterland is concerned with the nature and importance of history as the primary source of meaning in a narrative. For this reason, it is associated with new historicism

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Waterland by Graham Swift. Waterland is a 1983 novel and work of magical realism by English author Graham Swift.

Swift's earlier novel Waterland (1983) is also preoccupied with the past, but it is a much easier book to read, with fewer characters and a more articulate narrator. This is Tom Crick, a South London history teacher who is about to be retired, und The Tide of History.

About book: Waterland is a complex novel set in the England’s Fens. The main plot centers on the life and history of narrator Tom Crick. Tom is a middle-aged history teacher who is dealing with his wife’s recent mental breakdown and a school department that no longer values his contributions. This is an uncomfortable quilt you would like to tuck under and not want to let go off. Am a Graham Swift fan now! 1. 353.

Literatura engleza - teme si discursuri waterland graham swift. Profesor, Dna. STANESCU ANGELA Propunator, STOICA I. LOREDANA AURELIA. It helps in understanding that issues are explored in the text by using the metaphor of the book as world (Waugh 1984 p. is constant throughout the text and present in this chapter. This exploration of the narrative structure and consideration of the nature of the world outside the text as potentially fictional or misrepresented is typical of metafiction as defined. of the grammatical and punctuation devices used throughout the text. the lesson about history. like history and progress.

British novelist Graham Swift's Waterland (London, 1983; New York, 1984) is a complex tale set in eastern England's low-lying fens region. It is narrated by Tom Crick, a middle-aged history teacher. Tom is facing a personal crisis, since he is about to be laid off from his job and his wife has been admitted to a mental hospital. It aids our understanding of the impication implied in postmodern metafiction like Waterland that says people have roles rather than self will and the consequences of others actions are a predominant feature of their lives (Rousseau refers to self will as self-sufficiency).

bySwift, Graham, 1949-. Publication date 1992. Topics Modern fiction, Fiction - General, Fiction, General, History teachers, Mentally ill women, Autobiographical memory, Literatura Inglesa, English fiction.

Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy.

Reviews: 7
Nidor
What a wonderful book.

I grew up near this area and many times when reading this book, i was transported back to my childhood. He really nailed the atmosphere of the place.

It took me a little while to get into the story, but the history lesson and quality writing kept me in it. Once into the second half of the book, the story really starts to unfold, and the characters, so well developed up front, really come to life and take their place in the unfolding events.

You will know what is coming at the end, and wish with your heart to jump in and stop it, but you can't. You just can't, and you will have to bear the sorrowful burden with the rest of us. But it's so worth it.

Thank you Graham.
Flathan
A wonderful thought-provoking book set in the English fen lands. The central character is a history teacher who uses local history and geography to bring the history of revolutions to life. Humans' need to know why, and sometimes to put a positive spin on potentially incriminating facts are what history is.

His own personal tragedies, including being forced to retire, give him a unique freedom to bend his lessons in ways that would otherwise have been impossible.

Extraordinarily well-written and satisfactory.
Modigas
Graham Swift won the Booker Prize in 1996 for LAST ORDERS, the story of a group of East-End Londoners on a trip to dispose of a dead friend's ashes, and looking back at the mingled histories of their relationships going back decades. Swift's earlier novel WATERLAND (1983) is also preoccupied with the past, but it is a much easier book to read, with fewer characters and a more articulate narrator. This is Tom Crick, a South London history teacher who is about to be retired, under the guise of phasing out history in the school, but really for personal reasons that will become apparent. The novel is ostensibly the final history classes that Tom delivers to his students -- but it is a loose structure, full of fascinating digressions. Tom's official subject is the French Revolution, but he spends more time on the story of his family and the history and geography of his birthplace, the fens of East Anglia. In particular, he focuses on one particular year, 1943, a summer of growth and exploration, when teenage sexual encounters led to more than the usual consequences.

Comments on the cover of the paperback edition compare Swift to Melville and Hardy. Both comparisons are just, although Swift's style is his own. Certainly his willingness to suspend the story for long accounts of the draining of the fens, or the rise of the brewing industry, or the breeding habits of the European Eel must owe something to MOBY DICK; I can't claim that all his discursions feed back into the story (relatively simple as it is), but they do give great richness to its context. And Swift is like Hardy in his extraordinary ability to root his writing in a detailed and intimate sense of place -- in this case at the opposite side of England, in the bleak marshlands won with difficulty from the sea. This has personal relevance for me, as my own ancestors were among those who came over to England from Holland in the 17th century to help drain the fens. What I know of the area today fits exactly with what Swift describes, but his details of banks and backwaters and feel for the spirit of living year-round amid such expanses reveal a writer who has the fenland in the marrow of his bones.

There are secrets that emerge from all this excavation, but few surprises. Swift has a way of touching on something, leaving it, and returning much later by a different route. As a result, almost everything that happens has a tragic inevitability. It is here that Tom's preoccupation with history and Swift's feeling for the fenland come full circle. Tides ebb and flow; reclaimed land is lost to silt and water and painfully regained once more; history is a slow cycle that turns continually around the same old mistakes. Swift may take a pessimistic view, but no more than, say, Ian McEwan, whom he resembles in many of his themes (cf. THE CHILD IN TIME) and in the resilient life he gives to his characters. So it is not all tragedy. Even Tom Crick, who understands the long view better than anybody, goes into retirement with his head held high.
Kelenn
An amazing and terribly sad story but so beautifully told and written. Even though I have never been to the fens of eastern England, I felt that I had been there. Wonderful descriptions of the region.
PanshyR
This is a masterwork. Writing this must have been a major undertaking; don't know how Swift did it. However, this book is not for those with short attention spans. You need to persevere. This story, set in the fens of eastern England, about a history teacher whose life is falling apart is well worth the effort.
Invissibale
Very mature book...intelligent and interesting.
Not an adventure but an experience.
GWEZJ
A strange and interesting book. Convoluted story covering a couple centuries. Gives an excellent perspective on rural England in over the last two hundred years.
A lovely book and mesmerizing movie!