The Night Watch

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Riverhead Books, 2006 - Fiction - 450 pages
625 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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User Review  - Violet wells - Goodreads

Henry James once said novels deal with the “palpable present-intimate” and the two novels I've been reading this month, this and The Way Back to Florence, are both massively successful at enthralling ... Read full review

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“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, has 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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