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Swimming in the Dark

By: Tomasz Jedrowski
Narrated by: Robert Nairne
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Publisher's Summary

You were right when you said that people can't always give us what we want from them.

Poland, 1980. Anxious, disillusioned Ludwik Glowacki, soon to graduate university, has been sent along with the rest of his class to an agricultural camp. Here he meets Janusz - and together, they spend a dreamlike summer swimming in secluded lakes, reading forbidden books - and falling in love.

But with summer over, the two are sent back to Warsaw, and to the harsh realities of life under the Party. Exiled from paradise, Ludwik and Janusz must decide how they will survive; and in their different choices, find themselves torn apart.

Swimming in the Dark is an unforgettable debut about youth, love, and loss - and the sacrifices we make to live lives with meaning.

©2018 Tomasz Jedrowski (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book

This book had me emotionally connected all the way through. I identified with Ludwik and felt for him. Well done.

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A wonderful story. Very well read.

Having already read this book. I was excited to listen to it and revisit the story again. A wonderful story and brilliantly read.

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Beautifully written

Beautifully written and read. It’s a very typical gay love story where everyone ends up broken and traumatised by a terrible homophobic system they are living in. If this is your thing then it’s probably for you - personally I prefer positive stories these days without the pain and anguish.

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Deeply Moving & Beautiful Novel

I just re-listened to this stunning little novel again after first hearing it last year. I wanted to experience it anew, and it loved me as deeply as it did the first time. There are moments so tender, so perfectly written, and an ending that made me weep. It’s a damn near perfect novel, and brilliantly narrated by Robert Nairne. Bravo Tomasz Jedrowski.

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A tearful end

I thank you for this book and the voice actor. I cried a little. I wish I knew if he ended up finding something new, though I'm glad he got to where he could be more free. Not trying to spoil here.

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Enthralling

Difficult to stop the story. Beautifully written and highly engaging. So warming to see the attraction grow between the two main characters, but will it last... I have an hour to go and will find out soon.

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Moving reas

Really enjoyed this novel - it's very touching, romantic and tugs on the heartstrings. A reminder for those of is that live openly gay, proudly, many haven't been able to do so all throughout history.

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