The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
467 Reviews
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  - Monica - Goodreads

Various people and their lives during the second world war. Lots of mutilated bodies, erotic lesbianism, prison love, adultery, weird relationships, abortions. Do not expect any plot, because there isn't any. Read full review

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User Review  - Natasha - Goodreads

This book is sort of tough to rate because there's no plot but a few people in the middle of a war connected to each other and their lives. What I truly enjoyed about this book is the timeline of it ... Read full review


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Sarah Waters is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.

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