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Pocket Books, 1983 - Fiction - 270 pages
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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. " Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving.... Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity.... A fine and original work." --"Los Angeles Times"

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User Review  - clfisha - LibraryThing

Masterful, engaging and hugely sweeping epic of the fens and ones manís life Why are the Fens flat? So God has a clear view.. Deep breath. Oh where to start and how to describe. This is the story of ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

This is a hugely ambitious novel. The format of a history teacher addressing his class (this allows him to be slightly theatrical in his delivery) doesn't always come off, sometimes it reads a little ... Read full review


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British novelist Graham Swift was born in London on May 4, 1949. He attended Cambridge University and York University. Swift has written five novels, including Waterland.

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