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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Swift Narrator: Christian Rodsk Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries.

Waterland is simultaneously a family saga, a novel of provincial life, a social history and a story of adolescent love.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/13/2014

    " From the very first page I was in awe of the beautiful writing of this book. A deeply moving novel; complicated characters and a particular inciteful view of history. Swift's writing just shines and makes you want to ponder his beautiful sentences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Annette | 2/8/2014

    " The story is interesting but I just couldn't get in to Swift's style of writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Giuseppina | 2/5/2014

    " Boring - too much detail about the fens! Just tell the story. Yes I know it's meant to be a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 2/5/2014

    " So, I'm interested in stories about people who live near water...(don't ask; I have my theories). Hence, I read Waterland. It is not a light read. It is dark, damp (very puny of me, I know, but the word DOES accurately describe the tone of the novel), disturbing, and often downright disgusting, but it is very interesting. There is a light at the end of the tunnel-redemption of sorts. It might not be worth it to many, but it was to me. Although I thought this book was amazing in many respects--most notably for the writing style and depth of ideas conveyed--I would not necessarily recommend it. If one had a previous or specific interest in the book though, I would recommend it wholeheartedly. But I wouldn't just pick it up for leisure. It is for this reason that I only rated the book 3 stars instead of 4. "

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About the Author
Author Graham Swift

Graham Swift is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Last Orders and Waterland, which won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.