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Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Black Swan Green
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From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom TykwerFrom award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the... show more
From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom TykwerFrom award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigré who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason’s search to replace his dead grandfather’s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher’s recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons. Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green is David Mitchell’s subtlest and most effective achievement to date.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812974010 (0812974018)
ASIN: 812974018
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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3.0 Review of Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Three books later, I am not completely sold on David Mitchell. I enjoy his writing style, but his stories have something about them that I have a hard time really appreciating. This particular book is well written, but there is no real climax to the story. Each chapter acts more or less as a shor...
moving under skies
moving under skies rated it
5.0 Black Swan Green
Unconvincing child narrators are one of my recurring sources of ire in literature. David Mitchell only seemed to be self-consciously channeling Holden Caulfield about half of the time. The other half of the time, his Jason was utterly heartbreaking and convincing. The "Hangman" chapter was one of th...
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5.0 Black Swan Green: A Novel
it was [b:Cloud Atlas|49628|Cloud Atlas|David Mitchell|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344305390s/49628.jpg|1871423] that brought me to Goodreads. hey, face it, it's 2013 and if you haven't received at least 20 'social invites' to 'the next Facebook,' probably you need to start working t...
lisacindrich
lisacindrich rated it
0.0 Black Swan Green
Awesome Mitchell. As usual.Love the reader for the audio edition.
The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel rated it
2.5
From such an architect of a novelist as Mitchell I expected much more.Reading 'Black Swan Green' brought to my mind a mediocre Jonathan Coe (with a better finale).A longer review will follow soon.
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