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The Night Watch

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

The Night Watch

This is elegant and complex and a compelling story. It evokes the subtleties of relationships, the little lies and hide-and-seek one plays with oneselves and one's partners. She creates such a vivid atmosphere of the war in London and the sense of displacement and ennui...
This is elegant and complex and a compelling story. It evokes the subtleties of relationships, the little lies and hide-and-seek one plays with oneselves and one's partners. She creates such a vivid atmosphere of the war in London and the sense of displacement and ennui that followed. The fact that some the characters are in homosexual relationship is purely incidental. It is the universal qualities of the human relationships that create these memorable characters. Anyone looking for a titilating read, however, will be disappointed. I hope straight readers don't miss this book biased by Water's reputation as a"lesbian writer." She is a bloody good writer, and this straight reader recommends this book 5 stars.

posted by readtolive_livetoread on September 24, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Interesting characters, but no big revelations

I discovered Sarah Waters for myself when I picked up Fingersmith and simply couldn't put it down. I followed up that novel with Affinity, and although it had a far more tragic storyline, I found it yet again filled with fascinating characters and surprising twists and ...
I discovered Sarah Waters for myself when I picked up Fingersmith and simply couldn't put it down. I followed up that novel with Affinity, and although it had a far more tragic storyline, I found it yet again filled with fascinating characters and surprising twists and turns in the plot. However, while Night Watch was great on well-formed, multi-layered and interesting characters, the plot was less to be desired. I found myself genuinely interested in where each of the character's stories were going, and was particularly intrigued by the backwards storyline where you start at the end of their tales and work your way to the beginning--but there were not that many suprising revelations, no big jolt at the end as in the other two novels. Set in London prior to, during, and just after WWII, Night Watch is a change from Waters' other novels, which take place in England's Victorian mid to late 1800's, and, as in her other novels, the time period appears to be well researched. Addtionally, This book also gets more heavily into the lesbian relationships of some of the main characters, which were discussed much more discreetly (i.e. Victorian-like) in Fingersmith and Affinity. It is worth reading alone for the historical peek at the time period.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on March 5, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2010

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    Interesting characters, but no big revelations

    I discovered Sarah Waters for myself when I picked up Fingersmith and simply couldn't put it down. I followed up that novel with Affinity, and although it had a far more tragic storyline, I found it yet again filled with fascinating characters and surprising twists and turns in the plot. However, while Night Watch was great on well-formed, multi-layered and interesting characters, the plot was less to be desired. I found myself genuinely interested in where each of the character's stories were going, and was particularly intrigued by the backwards storyline where you start at the end of their tales and work your way to the beginning--but there were not that many suprising revelations, no big jolt at the end as in the other two novels. Set in London prior to, during, and just after WWII, Night Watch is a change from Waters' other novels, which take place in England's Victorian mid to late 1800's, and, as in her other novels, the time period appears to be well researched. Addtionally, This book also gets more heavily into the lesbian relationships of some of the main characters, which were discussed much more discreetly (i.e. Victorian-like) in Fingersmith and Affinity. It is worth reading alone for the historical peek at the time period.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    Still Watching

    Though the novel is well researched and well written, the characters and their story lines are only mildly compelling, especially for readers hooked by 'Tipping the Velvet' and 'Fingersmith.' It is the WW2 context that stands out in this novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    Huh?

    I love Sarah Waters' books. This one left me a bit mystified. The writer moves the plot back in time and leaves out a lot of detail, which left me wondering at each backward shift...but how did? and were they? and how did they get from there to here? I did love her accurate description of life in wwII england. Historically, I was moved by the suffering of the English and their sacrifices.

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