Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review of Waterland, by Graham Swift

Cypress Park Library is pleased to announce that we have recently acquired Everyman Library's new edition of Graham Swift's Waterland.

If I could only have five books with me on a desert island, this would be one of them. It's got everything--madness, arson, ale making, incest, the claiming of land by technology and its reclamation by the sea, and the French Revolution. Plus a lyrical, fairytale-like tone. No other book I've read explores the relationship between geography and the history of a people better than this one. What more could you want? Swift was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for this novel and won it for Last Orders, but he should have won it for Waterland instead.

Come check it out.

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