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The Night Watch (2006)

by Sarah Waters

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    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (withwill)
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    kiwiflowa: both have female protagonists and are about the London Blitz during WWII
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This woman can write!! I love Sarah's use of language - words flow elegantly and even when the story line is less exciting, I love her writing. Although Fingersmith was a far more engrossing story for me, once I got into the second section of this book, the story really took off. It takes place in 3 time periods, moving backwards from post WW2 London, to the midst of the war, and back to the Blitz - Moving backwards, we learn the intertwining stories of 5 characters, 4 women and a man, many of whom are gay.

This one started slowly and built speed as the relationships became more entwined, and the war was at its peak. I learned more from this book about what it was like for ordinary citizens, trying to carry on a normal life in the midst of chaos and trauma - the simplest moments like having a cup of tea together took on new meaning when the tea itself was nauseating and having a place to sit meant being covered in dust.

I plan to read all of Sarah Waters' books - She's that good. ( )
  njinthesun | Aug 24, 2017 |
It took me ages to finish this. Waters really just can't write men and/or heterosexual characters, it feels like, because their parts of this were absolutely dreadful. Waters' Victorian-trilogy still remains her best work, in my view. ( )
  majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
There are two novels here: one good, one bad.

The good novel is one that apes life: a plot-less series of episodes. Vivid scenes that feel real, sometimes funny, sometimes too horrible to read.

The bad novel is one that apes life: a plot-less series of episodes. Characters less than vivid and no narrative drive. Each episode is interesting but the pacing so slow a little part of you dies when you have to start on the next section. ( )
  Lukerik | Jul 3, 2017 |
London WWII — people in wartime London connect
women, men — strange encounters during war time

This is the story of four Londoners – three women and a young man with a past, drawn with absolute truth and intimacy. Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and lived life at full throttle, now dresses in mannish clothes and wanders the streets with a restless hunger, searching. Helen, clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret. Viv, glamour girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal, to her soldier lover. Duncan, an apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the war. Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. War leads to strange alliances…
  christinejoseph | Dec 29, 2016 |
My favorite Waters! ( )
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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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