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The Night Watch
The Night Watch
Author: Sarah Waters
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781594482304
ISBN-10: 1594482306
Publication Date: 9/27/2006
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 122 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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bookaddicted avatar reviewed The Night Watch on + 127 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Waters is always hit or miss for me. I really enjoyed "Fingersmith", can't even recall "Affinity" and with "The Night Watch" I couldn't finish it. I read half the book and realized I was forcing myself to continue so I stopped. It was too bleak, and way to slow for my tastes. I suppose I was just impatient with the unraveling of the story and frankly, none of the characters interested me enough to care about why they ended up where they did.
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Helpful Score: 5
If you read Water's book Fingersmith - this is different yet similar. She does have a way of drawing you in to a period - in this case London, WWII - this is a backward chronology, which is different. Story focuses on 3 women and a young man, friends, lovers, and intersections.
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Helpful Score: 3
Prize-winning British author Sarah Walters turns out another great read, this one set in WWII-era London, where the nightly bomb barrage sharpens every human emotion. The stories of four interconnected young Brits are told over a period of several years - but their later chapters appear first in the book... and then in the next sections, the reader is taken back to see 'why' things happened as they did. Love, heartache, betrayal, friendships, are played out against the incredible bravery of dealing with nightly ambulance runs, far-away lovers, and the awareness that untimely death is happening all around them.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was a little hard to keep up with. It is actually being told backwards, from the end to the beginning. Omce you catch on to that fact it is enjoyable. It is in very good condition.
tish avatar reviewed The Night Watch on + 384 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is a wonderful book with very strong,qwirky characters. set during WWII,England,during the air raids.
the book is written "backward" thru time. there are lesbian sex scenes,so beware if this upsets you.
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Sarah Waters knows how to do a historical novel--you always have a sense of place and time with her. I liked the backward structure of this one, the gradual unfolding of the recent past that explains why the characters are where they are at the outset of the novel. Life is unfair and love is not pretty, sex will mess you up, but the author isn't going to stick in any anachronisms.


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