The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
1012 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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Lovely writing, but so much writing with no real plot. - Goodreads
A great read but the ending was shockingly bad. - Goodreads
The pace of this book is incredibly slow. - Goodreads
I hated the plot as well as the narrative. - Goodreads
Good portrayal of London under the Blitz. - Goodreads
Great story-telling, great plot. - Goodreads

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This is like... 3.2 stars in reality, but I rounded up to four because a) it's possible I'm just WWII-booked out right now and b) there were so many lesbians I can't possibly be mad. Overall the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sophie Murray - Goodreads

“Sometimes I sit through the films twice over. Sometimes I go in half-way through, and watch the second half first. I almost prefer them that way – people's pasts, you know, being so much more ... Read full review

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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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