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This may be one of the most beautifully written books I ve ever read A lot of my favorite books, some of which I enjoyed eventhan this one, have some combination of good plots, good themes, or good characters, but the quality of the writing leaves something to be desired This is one of those novels that is so expertly crafted that it makes you remember what great writing is The premise of a history teacher who is about to involuntarily retire due to the principal s decision to eliminate This may be one of the most beautifully written books I ve ever read A lot of my favorite books, some of which I enjoyed eventhan this one, have some combination of good plots, good themes, or good characters, but the quality of the writing leaves something to be desired This is one of those novels that is so expertly crafted that it makes you remember what great writing is The premise of a history teacher who is about to involuntarily retire due to the principal s decision to eliminate the history program makes it plausible that the narration is the main character s last lectures to his class It gets extremely personal, and at times inappropriate for a class lecture, but because he no longer has anything to lose, Tom Crick speaks uncensored, ultimately teaching the class not only his personal history, some of which is pretty grizzly, but also how history is valuable because it is a part of everyone Every life has become and will become a part of history Because of the style of narration, it is almost a stream of consciousness You get the feeling that his words are almost floating out of him of their own will, and that he just lets it happen As a result, the stories of his life jump around rather than happening chronologically One moment he ll be talking about his brother and him during the war, then he ll jump to the history of his family in the 18th century, then to his own marriage, and then back and forth again It can get a little confusing at times because he never tells you which part of his life he is returning to the reader just has to have patience and then it will be revealed In short, I recommend this book to anyone who is craving writing as art Like the countryside in which it is set, I recall this book as being grey, depressing, and sodden I can t recall a thing that I learned from it all I remember is the enormous sense of relief I had once I managed to finish it.Though, as the blurb helpfully point out, there are eels and incest. Description from Wiki The film follows the story of an anguished English born Pittsburgh high school teacher Irons in 1974 going through a reassessment of his life His method is to narrate his life to his class and interweave three generations of his family s history The film portrays the history teacher s narrative in the form of flashbacks to tell the story of a teenage boy and his mentally challenged older brother living in The Fens of England with their widowed father In an opening sce Description from Wiki The film follows the story of an anguished English born Pittsburgh high school teacher Irons in 1974 going through a reassessment of his life His method is to narrate his life to his class and interweave three generations of his family s history The film portrays the history teacher s narrative in the form of flashbacks to tell the story of a teenage boy and his mentally challenged older brother living in The Fens of England with their widowed father In an opening scene the teacher s childless wife Cusack takes a child from a supermarket and believes it to be hers The teacher explains to his class how he and his wife had a teenage romance which led to a disastrous abortion that left her infertile The teacher is tortured by the guilt of this as well as the jealousy he demonstrated to his older brother when he suspected his girlfriend s child was his brother s The girl s flirtation with the older brother sets off events that lead to the older boy s death by drowning A side theme is the teacher s grandfather, who was a successful brewer and who fathered with his daughter the narrator s older brother The film ends with the teacher s dismissal from his school and a possible renewal of his relationship with his wife.At last, the film has been viewed and it was splendid the casting alone was a canny deal.Bettie s Books This is a story about a history teacher, Tom Crick He is in his fifties and lives in Greenwich, England, known for its observatory, Greenwich Mean Time and 0 longitude You might say it is where time starts, or at least the place by which other times are set This is a book about the importance of history, both world history and personal history History hinges upon what came before, in time.Tom is the narrator of the story He starts in the present, the 1980s He is being forced into retireme This is a story about a history teacher, Tom Crick He is in his fifties and lives in Greenwich, England, known for its observatory, Greenwich Mean Time and 0 longitude You might say it is where time starts, or at least the place by which other times are set This is a book about the importance of history, both world history and personal history History hinges upon what came before, in time.Tom is the narrator of the story He starts in the present, the 1980s He is being forced into retirement Why Decreased funding or something else Instead of delivering dry lectures he decides to tell of his own ancestors, his years as a teenager growing up in the Fens, the coastal lands of East Anglia, and of his marriage He weaves himself into history Why Because personal stories make history relevant.The telling shifts this way and that in time The telling is fragmentary and nonlinear This is a technique that usually does not appeal to me, but it works here There is an excitement, a sense of tension that builds in the novel You want to knowandandA sentence is started and then left hanging You know exactly what was to be said but is then not said This writing style is unusual I have not run into it before It s good, very good It draws your attention, keeps you alert and adds suspense There is an underlying satirical tone that has you questioning what is implied The prose is thought provoking.As we are shown why a knowledge of history is important, we see life in the Fens The area and life there are drawn vividly We learn of how wetlands are recovered, of floods, sluice gates, the management of locks and even eels The spawning of European eels in the Sargasso Sea and eels in a girl s panties All of this is told by a master storyteller, an instructor who has a natural talent for teaching Think back to those special teachers you have had those teachers that incite curiosity, that make learning magical Reading this book is like being in such a class What is drawn is no happy story, but it feels real We read of the discovery and awakening of sexual desire Of incest, mental retardation, jealousy and envy Abortion and deaths A father fights in the First World War and his son in the Second World War Is history simply a record of past mistakes How do religious beliefs fit into the picture Can knowledge of past events make us better people With knowledge can we make better decisions Sometimes yes Sometimes no Life without curiosity is a dead end If you have curiosity, how can one stop asking why, why, why as life unrolls If you are a person who incessantly asks why, the need for history is a given.Christian Rodska narrates the audiobook At the beginning he reads too fast He slows down As you come to know who is who, the story is no longer difficult to follow By the end I thought the narration was worth four stars very good The book shouldn t work but it most definitely does work I like it a lot and will be readingby the author soon I know my gut reaction explaining why is what is difficult Murder, incest, guilt, insanity, ale and eels Hard to imagine not loving a book with themes like that eh Or is it Waterland Picador Classic is undeniably an impressive and ambitious novel which ruminates upon history s relentless tide of change and humanity s subsequent shifting fortunes It s also firmly rooted in the watery world of the East Anglian Fens, the rich and fertile flood plains, in which its inhabitants are forever locked in an ongoing battle with water, and which can never be co Murder, incest, guilt, insanity, ale and eels Hard to imagine not loving a book with themes like that eh Or is it Waterland Picador Classic is undeniably an impressive and ambitious novel which ruminates upon history s relentless tide of change and humanity s subsequent shifting fortunes It s also firmly rooted in the watery world of the East Anglian Fens, the rich and fertile flood plains, in which its inhabitants are forever locked in an ongoing battle with water, and which can never be comprehensively won by either side The left side of my brain admired the novel s ambition and scope The right side of my brain remained detached and I was unable to stay immersed Sometimes, when I picked this up, I thought how good it was, however it never truly grabbed me the non linear structure, multiple narratives, and contrasting styles, were ultimately too jarring So, whilst clever, ambitious and diverse, it was a book I admiredthan enjoyed 3 5Waterland Picador Classic 1983 by Graham Swift After Rushdie s The Moor s Last Sigh I could only expect that another family saga will end up in my hands Waterland by Graham Swift It was my first plunge into Swift s waters, and I hope that it won t be the last one I only regret reading Waterland in Lithuanian instead of its original language, and I will not know until I pick up the next book by Swift if my four stars should be attributed to my not fully identifying with the author s voice or the translator s.Waterland is a story about After Rushdie s The Moor s Last Sigh I could only expect that another family saga will end up in my hands Waterland by Graham Swift It was my first plunge into Swift s waters, and I hope that it won t be the last one I only regret reading Waterland in Lithuanian instead of its original language, and I will not know until I pick up the next book by Swift if my four stars should be attributed to my not fully identifying with the author s voice or the translator s.Waterland is a story about storytelling, a narrative about narration that analyses the meaning and the necessity of historyChildren, only animals live entirely in the Here and Now Only nature knows neither memory nor history But man let me offer you a definition is the storytelling animal Wherever he goes he wants to leave behind not a chaotic wake, not an empty space, but the comforting marker buoys and trail signs of stories He has to go on telling stories He has to keep on making them up As long as there s a story, it s all right Even in his last moments, it s said, in the split second of a fatal fall or when he s about to drown he sees, passing rapidly before him, the story of his whole life And so the protagonist of the book, Tom, a history teacher in a high school, tells us a story About the waterland , the low lying fens somewhere in east England About drainage and beer brewing, madness and murder, coming of age, incest, abortion and childlessness Swift suggests that history is cyclical, that any revolution for a better future is always based on a vision or an adapted reflection of a period of prosperity and wellbeing in the past That a change leads to another change, which does not always mean progress That there is also regression and repetition The Fens, where the biggest part of the story is based, serve Swift as the main metaphor of this cyclicality Despite centuries of efforts to drain and improve the land in the fens, the water had always found the way to return through rains and floods, bringing disasters to the inhabitants Do we all live in the fens of history, I dare to ask And is thereto it than trying to keep our heads above the water of its recurring floods I may or I may not find the answer, but I will keep wonderingYour Why gives the answer Your demand for explanation provides an explanation Isn t the seeking of reasons itself inevitably an historical process, since it must always work backwards from what came after to what came before And so long as we have this itch for explanations, must we not always carry round with us this cumbersome but precious bag of clues called history Another definition, children Man, the animal which demands an explanation, the animal which asks Why What is it about Swift s writing that I find so haunting Nearly all of his novels are about a middle aged man in an existential crisis, and yet I find them deeply, arrestingly relatable even as a young, happy lady It might be his concise sentence structure, or it might be his ability to, at the end of the story, connect all the small moments and rush them toward the reader in a fast, breathtaking wave until finally leaving a brisk declaration of The Point of Everything in the wake, like a brok What is it about Swift s writing that I find so haunting Nearly all of his novels are about a middle aged man in an existential crisis, and yet I find them deeply, arrestingly relatable even as a young, happy lady It might be his concise sentence structure, or it might be his ability to, at the end of the story, connect all the small moments and rush them toward the reader in a fast, breathtaking wave until finally leaving a brisk declaration of The Point of Everything in the wake, like a broken shell on shore If you find yourself at the end sitting on a beach, skin saturated in emotion, mind stunned by the force of Swift s writing, and holding a husk of this book, then we ll know it s the latter I don t know, you guys Maybe he s just good with the words G Swift, you keep throwing books over the Atlantic and I ll keep catching them with open arms Yes, there s eels Yes, there s incest Butimportantly, there s a subtle flow of history, back and forth across the pages from the French Revolution to the nuclear days of WWII Lessons learned from the trials and tribulations of the Crick family can easily be applied to the great events of world history, and history itself is shown to be an irresistible constant of useless baggage wrapped around dire foretelling The world is racing to improve itself at such speeds as to dash itself acros Yes, there s eels Yes, there s incest Butimportantly, there s a subtle flow of history, back and forth across the pages from the French Revolution to the nuclear days of WWII Lessons learned from the trials and tribulations of the Crick family can easily be applied to the great events of world history, and history itself is shown to be an irresistible constant of useless baggage wrapped around dire foretelling The world is racing to improve itself at such speeds as to dash itself across the rocks of its own progress, falling in love with the idea of complete destruction in order to break from the mindless fervor pace Humans are the most obvious instrument and often times side effect of this juggernaut, and as Tom shows, the only thing to be done is to try and understand the facts behind the madness Not to get THE answer, but SOME answer, delving deep and retrieving something serviceable, something that will reason out the unfortunate events and say, Here This is why it happened Knowing this won t change anything, save your ability to cope And perhaps add you to the chain of consequences propagated from this history Your decision (BOOK) õ Waterland ô Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning someyears in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity A fine and original work Los Angeles Times Tom Crick, now a history teacher, is forced into retirement due to an unfortunate and ghastly act committed by his wife Why Tom Crick asks and seeks answers to a lot of why s because history rides uncomfortably behind that very word, that very monosyllabic question why It has a strong and veritable bearing on today, this history, the past, that incident incidents It shapes, shakes, cautions, humiliates, and intimidates this history.Would the gory chapters of the French revolution prove ha Tom Crick, now a history teacher, is forced into retirement due to an unfortunate and ghastly act committed by his wife Why Tom Crick asks and seeks answers to a lot of why s because history rides uncomfortably behind that very word, that very monosyllabic question why It has a strong and veritable bearing on today, this history, the past, that incident incidents It shapes, shakes, cautions, humiliates, and intimidates this history.Would the gory chapters of the French revolution prove half as interesting if I told you instead of the happening of a particular day on the bridge of the Hockwell Lode, a water course draining into the river Leem, where five children stand to dive, to prove their manliness, to show it to a curious girl, standing with her hands crossed across her shoulders in an attempt to conceal the obvious Is this where it all began Or would the horrific incestuous relationship between a lonely father and her lovely daughter draw your attention It can t be vulgar, can it if they deem it to be love, both father and daughter Or wait, maybe this would rouse your interest a girl of fifteen getting pregnant in the hapless curiosity and discoveries of the body and then never being able to deliver a child and feeling the need to steal one at an age above 50 God told me , she said.History doesn t always need to be about kings and queens, wars and revolutions, countries and soldiers, little Tom Crick and his childhood sweetheart Mary Metcalf had created history too, by doing a little and by letting a lot been done They created and let themselves be slaughtered at its altars Everyone indulges in a history that is cunning, unbelievable, threatening, and treacherous we all like extremities, don t we and then we sympathize with the very pain, with the treachery, with a catastrophe, revealing unconsciously our shamelessness.THIS is what I term brilliant storytelling A masterpiece With every neatly arranged chapter, the author ties you to a slack string and craftily leads you through what seems to be an aimless direction, lures you with his words, creates a suspense and when the string is taut and you seem lost in digression, he snaps it back and you fall face down, pleasurably into the embrace of the primary plot and your mind races and traces in excitement, connecting to it and you end up grinning in the deliberate attempts of the authors digression each time.The novel is devoid of succinctness because the unfolding of a life and its mysteries lies in its details Painstakingly, yet colorfully, the author, like the most meticulous surgeon has successfully dissected each aspect of the incident So if there is a slimy eel involved on the scene, the author has poked into its very existence, its breeding patterns, its origination, the research behind it If a bottle of ale is the weapon in question, then you are dragged into the inglorious history of its brewing and its makers The river Leem, the scene of crime flows into numerous pages.The first person narrative invigorates the imagination This is an uncomfortable quilt you would like to tuck under and not want to let go off Am a Graham Swift fan now