Sarah Waters, the award-winning author of three novels setin Victorian London, returns with a stunning novel that marks adeparture from the 19th century.
- Man Booker Prize for Fiction
Waters begins Night Watch at the end of her tale in 1947 and works her way backwards to 1941. Since she ensures that characters don't spoil the freshness of earlier events by leaking important information, the first part includes a series of conversations that coyly allude to the characters' pasts and make the narrative slightly difficult to comprehend. The feat of entering this tale aurally is compounded by having to follow three separate narrative lines, which Waters later connects with clever Dickensian precision. Juanita McMahon performs the work persuasively. What she lacks in vocal range, she makes up by endowing characters with accents and speech patterns to reflect distinctions of social class. She gives the character Kay's voice such deep Dietrich-like sexual innuendo that one wonders why her lovers abandon her. Recorded Books politely reminds listeners which disk they have started and repeats the last sentence of the previous. Both are welcome features. Despite the initial challenge, Night Watch is a skillfully written historical account of love of all persuasions trying to survive the dark prospects of London during the blitz. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 12). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . I Love Sarah Waters!
Posted April 01, 2011 by Paul S , Portland MEYou don't read her books, you live them. The lives of young gay and lesbian characters in London during the Blitz is so absorbing--moments of romance, sadness and excitement. The reverse chronology may be slightly manipulative, but in the end, I couldn't stop thinking about this book. Also, check out "Little Strangers" and "Affinity".
September 26, 2006
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