The Night Watch

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Penguin, 2006 - Fiction - 528 pages
630 Reviews
“[A] wonderful novel…Waters is almost Dickensian in her wealth of description and depth of character.”—Chicago Tribune

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 tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly in the shadow of a grand historical event.
 

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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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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
7
Section 3
23
Section 4
36
Section 5
38
Section 6
49
Section 7
64
Section 8
76
Section 18
274
Section 19
320
Section 20
329
Section 21
356
Section 22
389
Section 23
398
Section 24
400
Section 25
442

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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About the author (2006)

Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also been named one of Granta's best young British novelists. She lives in London.

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