The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
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Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past - whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in sometimes surprising ways. In wartime London, the women work - as ambulance drivers, ministry clerks, and building inspectors. There are feats of heroism, epic and quotidian, and tragedies both enormous and personal.
Sarah Waters describes the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman for her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman prowling the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.

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Great story-telling, great plot. - Goodreads
A great read but the ending was shockingly bad. - Goodreads
I do love her writing style. - Goodreads
I hated the plot as well as the narrative. - Goodreads
Sarah Waters is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
Good portrayal of London under the Blitz. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

My star rating is actually 3.5. This is not my favorite Sarah Waters novel. There are others I like so much better. As others have said, this book goes backwards in time rather than forward. The first ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mandy - Goodreads

I liked Sarah waters other book, finger smith. This one was a chore to read though, too much face powdering and not enough actual story. So much so that I may have already read this book, I just couldn't remember having done so (the story seemed eerily familiar as I read) Read full review


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Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also been named one of Granta's best young British novelists. She lives in London.  

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