Sunday, November 18, 2012
The narrator, history teacher and son of a lock-keeper Tom Crick, tells us a story not only imbued with water but superstition, sexuality, abortion, murder and madness as well. Oh, and beer. And they are all intertwined.
Tom has been teaching at a school in Greenwich for more than three decades. The headmaster has been itching to get rid of the history department and when Tom's wife kidnaps a baby and a scandal ensues Tom is forced into taking retirement. Knowing the writing is on the wall Tom shares his family history with his students and with us. The students submit and we do too. I could do without some of the dry discourse on land reclamation and eels but the story is a wonderful one and made Swift's reputation.