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.
Penning a novel, short story, script or even an anthology of poetry is never easy. You may have the plot mapped out in your head, and loosely translated in a notepad, but sitting down and creating those characters and worlds residing in your head is challenging. Once you’ve found the time and perseverance to finally sit down and type your story into completion, you’re excited to push it out of the nest and watch it soar – after all, it’s a hefty accomplishment.
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.
One of the most wonderful aspects of good literature is that it makes you want to live inside it – so if you’re stuck for décor ideas, why not think about the locations from literature that you’d love to be part of your home? Say goodbye to reality as you part the pages of your favorite novels in the perfect setting for you to enjoy them.