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Graham Swift's Waterland (1 Viewer)

godisthyname

Senior Member
Ah so much promise this book had. Anyway its such a boring book - but I've got to write about the importance of history according to the book. Anybody here read it? I am just looking for general threads of ideas to develop. I already have ideas such as the symbolism used (the train as the passage of time and as coital symbolism, etc.), but just keep throwing ideas at me till I stay stop.
 

Lily

Senior Member
I've not read it, but I just noticed something about the title . . . isn't it a paradox? :wink:
 

godisthyname

Senior Member
Of course it is. That's the point. The book is too post-modern for my tastes. The fact it is written in a style of English I can understand suggests it's too modern. The idea Waterland supposedly suggests something that is fundamentally unnatainable - it's the cross between land and water that occurs in marshland. Too damn pretentious if you ask me.
 
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