Another book by Sarah Waters that was disappointing. The characters are not believable and the story drags. I didn't finish it.
A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Beautiful, evocative story about love and loss set against the backdrop of the London Blitz. Waters takes us backwards in time, a curious but effective storytelling choice that allows readers to examine characters' choices. Interwoven stories come together perfectly. Bonus points for serious historical fiction that features LGBTQ characters. Waters' writing is divine."
Fantastic read. Found myself thinking "How do people mentally survive things like nightly bombings?". Really makes you appreciate everything you have when you read a book like this - where an orange is considered a very luxurious birthday present.
Preferred Sarah Water's novels set in Victorian times but this one was still good. Looking forward to the BBC production!
I loved The Night Watch. You had to work to keep up with this one, since it steps BACK not forward in time. But it is a beautiful indictment of what war does to young people caught up in it. The central characters are a trilogy of lesbians and their families and friends. And personally, I can't forget Kay. She's magnificent.
Sarah Waters frustrates the heck out of me. She writes really well, but her books are always unsatisfying. This one starts in 1947 and goes backward. So when you finish the book, you really care about the characters and want to know what happens to them beyond what was happening at the beginning. But alas, it is not to be. There is no return to their "present-day" lives presented at the beginning, so you really get no closure. I really wish this talented writer will work a bit on her narrative arc, but I fear that her good reviews are doing nothing to encourage her to change.
Not quite as good as Fingersmith for me. Although the chronology is interesting, 1947 - then 1944 - then 1941 - I felt there was a lot left unsaid that I wanted to tie up. But as a story - unputtdownable - another one-day read!
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