The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
622 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  - K - Goodreads

Written backwards added interest. My interest lagged a little less than midway thru, but kept on since critics seemed to like. Not keen on lesbian lit, but wartime London definitely intriguing. Chance ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave H. - Goodreads

Great book! Started off a little slow with the character development, but got to be a wonderful read. It is such an interesting time in history and made you really feel for the plight of the English with all they had to put up with Hitler's bombing raids. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
32
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About the author (2006)

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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