The Night Watch
11 journalers for this copy...
I love everything I've read by Sarah Waters and this book is no exception. You can read more of my comments at my book blog: The Night Watch
. I've decided to set it up as an international bookring to see what my fellow BookCrossers think of it.
This book is ready to begin its travels. Sending off tomorrow to ealasaidmae ~ enjoy!
Got it! This is third on Mt. TBR.
An unusual ten rating! I loved this book. It was especially sweet because I'd just read "Fingersmith" and didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. Now I'm in love with Sarah Waters all over again. In fact, this may have replaced "Tipping the Velvet" as my favorite Waters book. As always, her characters and her attention to detail are stunning. She's reminded me of why I love historical fiction; it does what history books never do - illustrate the ordinary lives still going on, every day, even in the chaos of a Historical Event.
Mailed to KatieLindsay today, delivery conf# 0306 0320 0001 3085 9709
I received this book a couple of weeks ago and am very much enjoying!!! Great setting/time period research and description and the characters are so engaging...
Sorry for not journaling sooner.
It should be on its way again before too long.
I enjoyed this book. The characters were really deeply developed and the setting was superb. It really put me in the middle of bombed-out London. I love strong women...
However, it was a little more sexually graphic/mature than I usually enjoy. I felt like it was really missing a certain amount of grounding but maybe that was intentional given the dramatic setting and turmoil of the time.
It was very strange to have the story told backwards and I felt a bit jilted not being told what happened going forward. I really fear for Helen... her relationship with Julia is hardly healthy... and what is going to happen to Viv and Duncan? I don't feel like the reader is left with enough hope for the outcome. I don't like overly bleak endings and I was really thrown off that the novel ended on page 178 and proceeded like a train reck in reverse.
I think of all the women I most identified with Kay. I saw her as kind, sensative, very drawn to beauty and also very strong and nurturing. I was really hurt for her. I wonder which character other readers most identified with?
I will send it on as soon as I get RRRcaron's address.
I received this book in the mail yesterday. I have a few to read beforehand, but it shouldn't take long.
In my mailbox today. The ring is moving again!
I enjoyed "Fingersmith" and "Tipping the Velvet". Looking forward to this one too. I have one book to finish but no other rings/rays waiting, so I hope it won't take too long.
It was quite a struggle to finish this one! As a matter of fact I'm surprised I did. After about 100 pages I already wanted to give up. I persisted mainly because of the great London-in-WWII setting and the sympathy for certain characters. However, the going backwards in time annoyed me very much!
Not quite as good as "Tipping the Velvet" and "Fingersmith", not to me anyway!
I have penelopewanders' address, but she asked me to hang on to the book a while longer as she's a little overwhelmed with rings and rays right now. Will mail it to her next week by (slower) economy mail.
Will take part in the 2008 Keep them Moving Challenge
Thanks for sharing.
Journal Entry 11
[UTILISEZ 'Libération contrôlée' : Pays → Région → Ville] in -- controlled release --, Liège / Luik Belgium on Sunday, January 20, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (1/21/2008 UTC) at [UTILISEZ 'Libération contrôlée' : Pays → Région → Ville] in -- controlled release --, Liège / Luik Belgium
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Off to Switzerland. Enjoy!
This has now arrived safely in the sunny Alps - along with about three other rings. I'll get to it as soon as I can. Thanks so much for making this available!
Well, Fingersmith remains my favorite. The technique of moving back through three successive periods of time feels like a bit of a gimmick. I would have liked it better, I think, if Waters had looped the loop by bringing us back to the "present" or a more recent episode at anyrate as a means of conclusion. I'm not sure what the intention was - perhaps to make us feel we are sinking further and further? Somewhere in the first third or so I began to feel a bit irritated by the claustrophobia of the story - and this I think was in the postwar bit - just the jealousy and narrowness of the couples felt not quite worthy of a novel. I did appreciate the way the period was portrayed, and Waters does write very well. I had no trouble zipping through the book, but was left with a bit of a "could do better" feel. I am very glad to have read this though, I've read everything of hers I've been able to get my hands on and this was high on my TBR list... thank you so much for making it available. I've PMed for the next address.
Journal Entry 14
BookRing in UTILISER 'Libération contrôlée' > Pays > Province > Ville, .---controlled release---. Switzerland on Friday, February 22, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (2/22/2008 UTC) at BookRing in UTILISER 'Libération contrôlée' > Pays > Province > Ville, .---controlled release---. Switzerland
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Heading from the Swiss Alps to the UK. Thanks so much for making this available.
Received today. Should be next on my TBR pile.
Like most I really hated the telling the story backwards plot device. At the beginning I rushed through because I was interested to know the history. I think also the interaction between the characters at the start loses its impact as you don't know the back story. I was extremely disappointed at the end when we weren't returned to the present for some closure. It's like there is a missing chapter.
An average read from Waters. No where near as good as Fingersmith or Tipping the Velvet.
Will PM the next in line. Thanks for sharing Cinnamon-Girl :D
Update (01/04/08): No reply from Emily2. Trying again.
Update (07/04/08): Still no reply from Emily2. PM next in line. Herrgirl asked to be skipped. PM next in line.
Update (14/04/08): I have an address. Yay! Will send it on this week.
Received today. Thanks very much.
I enjoyed the book alot - Fingersmith is still my favourite Waters book though. I didn't think I would like the backward in time thing, but it didn't bother me at all, however, like penelopewanders I would have liked another part to bring us back to the 'present'.
Posted to beekeeper40 today.
Sorry for keeping this so long - now off to Greece to the next participant.
Journal Entry 22
on Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I just received it, thanks a lot!
This has arrived at my house! I'm really excited to read it! Thanks for sharing!
A good book but not a favorite. I was more interested in the future of the characters than their pasts.
ETA: Mailed back on 2/6/09.
This book has arrived safely back home and I plan to wild release soon so some lucky reader will discover the traveling this book has already done.
Thanks to all who joined the ring and kept the book safe in its travels! I appreciated your comments and am glad you participated.
Journal Entry 26
Fredericksburg Pub in Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Saturday, September 26, 2009
Released 10 yrs ago (9/26/2009 UTC) at Fredericksburg Pub in Fredericksburg, Virginia USA
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Since this book is set in London, I figured it was appropriate to release it at a British-style restaurant. Left on a ledge just inside the entrance.