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Waterland (novel); Graham Swift; 1983

Waterland (novel); Graham Swift; 1983
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Waterland (novel); Graham Swift; 1983, William Heinemann

Swift is one of the UK's formost writers, and this was one of his early novels.

It is set in the Fens of East Anglia and has something of a 'watery sense of place'  to it.

"The title of the novel refers to its setting in The Fens in East Anglia. Waterland is concerned with the nature and importance of history as the primary source of meaning in a narrative. For this reason, it is associated with new historicism. Major themes in the novel include storytelling and history, exploring how the past leads to future consequences.

The plot of the novel revolves around loosely interwoven themes and narrative, including the jealousy of his brother for the narrator's girlfriend/wife, a resulting murder, the abortion the girl undergoes, her subsequent inability to conceive, resulting in depression and the kidnap of a baby.

This personal narrative is set in the context of a wider history, of the narrator's family, the Fens in general and the eel."

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