I was really excited when I heard the news that Arundhati Roy after the longest break was back with a new fictional book. The very day the book was published I was in the bookstore asking to buy a copy.
And then I read some lukewarm reviews, and then I saw that it didn’t make it into the Man Booker shortlist. And then I put this book on the backburner.
I couldn’t stay away from it too long though, and once I started I simply fell in love with the beautiful writing. Sure, the book has its flaws, but despite (or maybe because) I have fallen headlong in love with it.
When I first expressed interest in reading Sarah Waters, a lot of bloggers recommended that I start with Fingersmith. I however ended up picking up and dropping it multiple times before actually getting into the book – so much so that even though I started this book first, I ended up dropping it and reading The Little Stranger and The Night Watch before trying this book again.
There were some reasons why this book was a bit hard for me to get into, but once I got over a certain hump in the story, the book was really enjoyable, and I raced through it.
This is the second Sarah Waters book I have read. The first book of hers I picked up is The Little Stranger, which I read a couple of years back for Halloween.
So, I went into reading The Night Watch expecting something in the style of The Little Stranger, writing wise, but it’s completely different. Later on, I read Fingersmith (review yet to come), and that’s completely different as well.
It’s pretty rare to find an author whose writing style varies so much from book to book.
I read The Night Watch a couple of weeks back, and can’t say I loved it. It was very different from the usual Sarah Waters style – experimental in its writing and tone, and it took me some time to get into it.
That said, the writing is beautiful, simply sublime. In terms of writing and maturity, this book about three lesbians in World War 2 is probably the best book she’s written.