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First, out of a mixture of pity and self-loathing, Tom tells Dick that Mary’s child had not been Freddie’s but his, Dick’s. He has been spending the summer afternoons with her exploring every last detail of their sexual development. In a novel about the tragedy of unintended, self-imposed childlessness, it’s extraordinary how central the parent/child relationship proves to be.

More immediately, after the story comes out and becomes a local scandal, it leads to a new regret to add to the one about his having got Mary pregnant in the first place. But I can’t remember whether he actually reminds her that he wasn’t the one who made the false claim about Freddie being the father. So it has come as no surprise to the reader that she tells Tom with complete certainty that Freddie’s death is her fault, and that it—as well as the pregnancy she has just told him about—is now a problem for both of them. The narration consists of the teacher talking to his students -- sometimes in person, sometimes in his mind -- about the study of history and about the history of the Fens, his ancestors, his family, and himself.Tom resists this because his leaving would mean that the History Department would cease to exist and would be combined with the broader area of General Studies.

She means that the local kids’ stories about Dick’s huge penis turned out to be true… but, she also tells him, Dick didn’t know really how conception works. I taught you that there is never any end to that question, because, as I once denied it for you (yes, I confess a weakness for improvised definitions), history is that impossible thing: the attempt to give an account, with incomplete knowledge, of actions themselves undertaken with incomplete knowledge. It’s another of those clashing little internal rhymes, sitting alongside Tom’s realisation in a different chapter that both he and Dick were looking for somebody like their mother when they courted Mary. I decided to read this 1983 novel in four sections, writing about what I had read in each section before reading further. The plot of the novel revolves around loosely interwoven themes and narrative, including the attraction of the narrator's brother to his girlfriend/wife, a resulting murder, a girl having an abortion that leaves her sterile, and her later struggle with depression.

which Crick narrates as though to confirm the inevitability of everything he has ever lived through.

Every chapter presented by this narrator encapsulates how ordinary lives are inseparable from history. And, with Mary and the toxic old woman—the crude operation leads to septicaemia that almost proves fatal—is Tom Crick, a long way out of his depth.

Tom's reflections on his family's past reveal the hidden tensions and secrets that have shaped their relationships over time. Waterland is concerned with the nature and importance of history as the primary source of meaning in a narrative.

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