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The Night Watch (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Sarah Waters

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Title:The Night Watch
Authors:Sarah Waters
Info:Riverhead Trade (2006), Edition: X, Paperback, 544 pages
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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters (2006)

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I liike the way her scenes with different characters drift into one another...It's very cinematic. The reverse chron. is an interesting way to have her story unfold, but had expected the device to be used to better advantage (with some sort of unexpected twist at the end). Some of the scenes were a bit gore ridden, but I suppose that's to be expected for a novel set in WW2 London. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Brilliant writing. Terrific story concept.; ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Brilliant writing. Terrific story concept.; ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
This was my first novel by Waters, and it won’t be my last. Waters' writing immerses you into the time where the novel is set, her attention to detail draws you into the story in a way that only a skillful writer can. I loved the character development of this book, and I enjoyed reflecting upon how beautifully she wove four people’s lives together during WWII. ( )
  kristilabrie | Dec 21, 2015 |
Beautifully constructed novel. ( )
  Big_Blue | Sep 29, 2015 |
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Acqua, Giancarlo Dell'Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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So this, said Kay to herself, is the sort of person you've become: a person whose clocks and wrist-watches have stopped, and who tells the time, instead, by the particular kind of cripple arriving at her landlord's door.
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"But, isn't it funny -- we never seem to love the people we ought to."
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The book under this ISBN is by Sergei Lukyanenko. Please do not combine it with the one by Sarah Waters.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159448905X, Hardcover)

Sarah Waters, whose works set in Victorian England have awards and acclaim and have reinvigorated the genres of both historical and lesbian fiction, returns with novel that marks a departure from nineteenth century and a spectacular leap forward in the career of this masterful storyteller.

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit liasons, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of Londoners: three women and a young man with a past-whose lives, and those of their friends and lovers, connect in ways that are surprising not always known to them. 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, but the emotional interiors of her characters that Waters captures with absolute and intimacy.

Waters describes with perfect knowingness the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger a woman stalking the streets for encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming end. At the same time, Waters is absolute control of a narrative that offers up subtle surprises and exquisite twists, even as it depicts the impact grand historical event on individual lives.

Tender, tragic, and beautifully poignant, The Night Watch is a towering achievement that confirms its author as "one of the best storytellers alive today" (Independent on Sunday).

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Set in 1940s London, this story follows four characters - Kay, Helen, Viv and Duncan - as they deal with their everyday lives, set against the backdrop of World War Two.

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