3 journalers for this copy...
I can see why people raved about this debut book when it was released but for me the story was just too drawn out. It’s always good to try new authors though and I’d probably give another of Zadie’s books a go.
Reserved for 4evagreen ~ wishlist tag.
Journal Entry 2
Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 06, 2018
What a very pleasant surprise I had actually forgotten that I had been tagged with this. It arrived at a particularly good time as well as the last few days have been really bad work wise for me. It really cheered me up as did the additional goodies. Thanks for sharing.
Journal Entry 3
Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 19, 2020
This is a novel jam packed full of talking points, covering such diverse issues as gender, faith, race, culture, sexuality, adolescence, prejudice and history to name but a few. All are deftly handled and she has managed to avoid the pitfalls of stereotyping which is all quite remarkable given that this is the author's first novel. Smith has tried to give the dialogue, in particular the Caribbean side of it, an authentic feel which I initially found a little disconcerting but in the end I generally managed to work out what was being said.
The blurb on the back of my copy describes this novel as "An impressive début, not only for its vitality and verve, but mainly for the sheer audacity of its scope and vision" and overall I would have to totally agree with that assessment. Despite being over 500 pages long at no time did I feel that a word was wasted. A very enjoyable read.
Journal Entry 4
Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Released 2 mos ago (7/21/2020 UTC) at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom
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Spotted this on a wishlist and going out as a RABCK. Enjoy!
Journal Entry 5
Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, July 25, 2020
Thank you for this wishlist book.
I read NW a few years ago and wasn't impressed but this book is raved about so thought I would give Zadie another try.