Graham Swift’s Waterland as soliloquy of suffering | The British AcademyPublished in British Academy Review , No. In this extract, he talks about the novel Waterland by Graham Swift. For those unfamiliar with the book, Waterland concerns the history of two East Anglian families, the Cricks and the Atkinsons, separated by social class and wealth, but linked by a tragic secret. The narrator, a history teacher named Tom Crick, is about to be forced into retirement and, though he has personal grief of his own to contend with, we feel that, more than anything else, it is the age in which he lives, an age that denies history any place in the education system, that Crick grieves for most. The tragic nature of childish curiosity, kinship, the play of water and land in East Anglia, the extremes — and the banal facts — of grief, all these and more are treated with astonishing skill in the pages of Waterland.
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Graham Swift’s Waterland as soliloquy of suffering
British novelist Graham Swift's Waterland London, ; New York, is a complex tale set in eastern England's low-lying fens region. It is narrated by Tom Crick, a middle-aged history teacher. Tom is facing a personal crisis, since he is about to be laid off from his job and his wife has been admitted to a mental hospital. He is a man who is keenly interested in ideas about the nature and purpose of history. Faced with a class of bored and rebellious students, he scraps the traditional history curriculum and tells them stories of the fens instead.
Waterland. by: Swift, Graham, External-identifier: urn:acs6: waterland00grah_0:pdfbf9babf3-a87dced.
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Look Inside. Mar 31, ISBN Oct 15, ISBN Sep 19, ISBN Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, and spanning some years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy.