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Waterland [Signed]: SWIFT, Graham

Waterland [Signed]

SWIFT, Graham

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ISBN 10: 0434753300 / ISBN 13: 9780434753307
Published by Heinemann, London, 1983
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Printing ("First published in 1983" on copyright page, with no indication of further printings) of the author's fourth-and best-book. 8vo: viii,[2],310pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine stamped gilt, pictorial dust jacket priced £7.95. Boldly signed by Swift on the title page. A Fine copy, very lightly read, tight, bright, and unmarked; in a Fine jacket without fault. An "engrossing tale of murder, incest and suicide. . . . The novel's fifty-two sections . . . [provide] pieces of a puzzle which spans three centuries, recording, with obsessive detail and painful urgency, significant events in the lives and times of [the protagonist] Tom Crick's ancestors since the seventeenth century. . . . Like all of Swift's novels, Waterland examines the microcosm of an Everyman against the macrocosm of history-regional, national and international . . . The novel's most memorable digression, the ten-page section 'About the Eel,' illustrates Crick's theory of the cyclical movement of history by using a river organism endemic to the Fens and endowed with remarkable genetic memory. The search for the origins of the eel becomes representative of the human instinct for inquiry, illustrating the human need to satisfy curiosity and to pursue enigmas in the hope of finding an answer to every puzzle." (The Literary Encyclopedia) Nominated for the Booker Prize; winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0876

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Title: Waterland [Signed]

Publisher: Heinemann, London

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Tom Crick, a history teacher in the Fenlands, is driven by a marital crisis and the provocation of one of his pupils, to forsake his teaching and relate the story of his family who have lived in the Fens since the 18th century. Graham Swift won the 1996 Booker Prize for Fiction for "Last Orders".

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"Perfectly controlled, superbly written -- Waterland is original, compelling and narration of the highest order." -- The Guardian (U.K.)

"Swift spins a tale of empire-building, land reclamation, brewers and sluice-minders, bewhiskered Victorian patriarchs, insane and visionary relicts.... I can't remember when I read a book of such strange, insidious, unsettling power with a more startling cast of characters." -- Books and Bookmen (U.K.)

"Teems with energy, fertility, violence, madness -- demonstrates the irrepressible, wide-ranging talent of this young British writer." -- Washington Post Book World

"A formidably intelligent book -- animated by an impressive, angry pity at what human creatures are capable of doing to one another in the name of love and need.... The most powerful novel I have read for some time." -- The New York Review of Books

" Waterland appropriates the Fens as Moby Dick did whaling or Wuthering Heights the moors -- a beautiful, serious, and intelligent novel, admirably ambitious and original." -- The Observer (U.K.)

"Rich, ingenious, inspired." -- The New York Times

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