The Night Watch

The Night Watch

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
[A] wonderful novelWaters 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 Londonersthree women and a young man with a pastwhose 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.


Baker & Taylor
A tale set in World War II London finds a rescue worker struggling for composure after a bombing, a young woman longing for her soldier lover, and a convict who watches a battle through the bars of his window.

Blackwell North Amer
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 sometimes surprising ways. 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.
Sarah Waters describes the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing, the idle longing of a young woman for her soldier lover, the peculiar thrill of a convict watching the sky ignite through the bars on his window, the hunger of a woman prowling the streets for an encounter, and the panic of another who sees her love affair coming to an end.

Baker
& Taylor

A tale set in World War II London finds a rescue worker struggling for composure after a bombing, a young woman longing for her soldier lover, and a convict who watches a battle through the bars of his window. By the author of Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781594489051
159448905X
Branch Call Number: FICTION WATERS
FICTION WATERS
Characteristics: 450 p

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haileyj
Oct 13, 2014

Another book by Sarah Waters that was disappointing. The characters are not believable and the story drags. I didn't finish it.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Beautiful, evocative story about love and loss set against the backdrop of the London Blitz. Waters takes us backwards in time, a curious but effective storytelling choice that allows readers to examine characters' choices. Interwoven stories come together perfectly. Bonus points for serious historical fiction that features LGBTQ characters. Waters' writing is divine."

ManUtdFan Aug 20, 2013

Fantastic read. Found myself thinking "How do people mentally survive things like nightly bombings?". Really makes you appreciate everything you have when you read a book like this - where an orange is considered a very luxurious birthday present.

placebo Jun 30, 2011

Preferred Sarah Water's novels set in Victorian times but this one was still good. Looking forward to the BBC production!

m2 Jan 17, 2011

I loved The Night Watch. You had to work to keep up with this one, since it steps BACK not forward in time. But it is a beautiful indictment of what war does to young people caught up in it. The central characters are a trilogy of lesbians and their families and friends. And personally, I can't forget Kay. She's magnificent.

indielibrarian Sep 05, 2010

Sarah Waters frustrates the heck out of me. She writes really well, but her books are always unsatisfying. This one starts in 1947 and goes backward. So when you finish the book, you really care about the characters and want to know what happens to them beyond what was happening at the beginning. But alas, it is not to be. There is no return to their "present-day" lives presented at the beginning, so you really get no closure. I really wish this talented writer will work a bit on her narrative arc, but I fear that her good reviews are doing nothing to encourage her to change.

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

Not quite as good as Fingersmith for me. Although the chronology is interesting, 1947 - then 1944 - then 1941 - I felt there was a lot left unsaid that I wanted to tie up. But as a story - unputtdownable - another one-day read!

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