State of Wonder borrows some plot points; Marina is delayed in a backwater before heading down the river, like Marlow.
In contrast, says Aftergood, “security has traditionally been a backwater that hires former military personnel and muscle men.”
Western Europe—sticking out into the cold North Atlantic, far from the centers of action—had always been a backwater.
Egypt, once a leader in the Arab world and the Islamic world, has fallen to a being a backwater.
To be sure, patriot-Americans are not know-nothing nativists or backwater rubes, nor are post-Americans traitors.
Yet, with all its miasma, this backwater district has sent many a good man back to the main Road, which we all try to travel.
The sun had set, and the backwater, in deep shadow, was filling with a gentle haze.
He came to the island, and let his boat slide into the backwater.
Then he had seemed to himself in the backwater, out of the throng of existence.
Wargrave backwater is one of the most noted on the river, and in summer, or early spring, is a fairyland of greenery.