The Night Watch ペーパーバック – 2006/9/27
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“[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.
“Flawless…A sophisticated beautifully written novel.”
—The Washington Post
—The New York Times
—The Seattle Times
“[A] wonderful novel…Waters is almost Dickensian in her wealth of description and depth of character.”
“Waters has the gift of story, the ability to dissolve the distance between reader and subject until nothing but experience remains.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Compelling…sexually and psychologically provocative.”
My big beef, though was the fact that the reverse plot didn't ever finish. Instead, it was like getting all the backstory without knowing where the characters were going. I struggled to find character development as much as it was just a tangled web of relationships.
ability to transport you into the time period and feel that you are living with the characters. The story takes place from 1941-1947 in
London. It involves 4 main characters, whose lives connect in wartime London. Her descriptions of the bombings and rescues during
World War Two are very vivid. You care about the characters she presents, and feel their pain with them as they experience losses.
Strong women are portrayed doing difficult jobs such as ambulance drivers, rescue workers and mechanics because it is during the
war. This is a story of relationships, historical detail and twists that will keep you interested from start to finish. The audio-tape is presented with English accents. It makes it even more real.
about three friends in london--who also constitute a love triangle--just before ww2, during ww2 in the midst of the bombing blitzes, & postww2, about 2 years later. all not quite 40 but already concerned about being dubbed "spinsters," per the social norm of the day. beautiful young viv shd be included, though she had only once encountered one of the trio during a highly charged event in wartime, and who just might end up joining them in the present--which i hope she does.
non-linear discontinuous narrative structure starts with the present that peels back to the past, brilliant in its deconstructed and economical way of explaining the relationship among the trio. parts subtly connect like pieces of a puzzle. julia's and helen's affair in wartime is framed between helen's impending separation from Julia in the present, and kay's "discovery" of helen in the past, just at the start of war. marvelous in her sensuous descriptions of love and desire, sw is equally marvelous at describing the realities of war-torn london and the broken up lives of its inhabitants determined to survive. "lesbian fiction"? nope. just great literature.