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  1. says:

    So uhmLike seriously This was such a load of dreck I can t even sit here and form coherent thoughts because I m still so bewildered at the mess I just read I guess all I can do is take a page out of the book and write the review by section and sub heading because I m really struggling to string words together that can represent my utter confusion and disgust Here goes nothingVisitation Part Un I can t believe This was the best section of the book and I really didn t want it to be because it wasn t even that great I was hoping the book would improve from here on out I was so wrong.Guest A close second to Visitation Part Un because this centered on another character in the book but then it sort of left me hanging because I wanted to know about that character but we never read of him again for obvious reasons Host This was supposed to be a deep exploration of one of the characters and even though I got the gist, it was the worst section with its weird numbered sub headings and oh were there many Almost 200 of them I kid you not Why don t you crack it open and see Actually, no, don t bother Don t waste precious moments of your life doing that Crossing Another meandering mess of a section which was closely tied to Host and seeing as my impression of that section isn t very high, let s just leave this here shall we Visitation Part Deux Ah, finally the wrap up, which wasn t really a wrap up but I guess it would do since I was so ready for the book to be over The dialogue The majority of it sucked partly because she used different styles Some of it was conventional dialogue, some were like streams of consciousness and some had no quotation marks I found myself going huh one too many times The writing style I really don t understand what Zadie Smith set out to do in this novel but it clearly didn t work for me I don t know if she was trying to be all meta and post modernist or whatever but she should have just stuck to telling the story I m disappointed but importantly, I m just confused as hell This could have been a great story especially since she was writing about a wonderful place the northwest of London as a backdrop I ve been a regular England London goer since I was an infant and still visit family and friends regularly I also went to school an hour away from London for a few years so I m familiar with a good portion of the city I totally understood and appreciated all the references to the Jubilee line the Underground , 98 bus, Kilburn, Willesden, Hampstead, Oyster card etc but then she had to go and ruin it by throwing away the opportunity to tell a really good story Blech.


  2. says:

    The iridescent computer screen glows white In the bathroom the faucet spews forth, the bath her child will be coaxed into entering.I don t getI don t get this book Oi Don t even try to parody this style You can t possibly get her dialects right her ear for culture her class symbolism Her pointThe reviewer believes in books that are about something Books that have a main character, a beginning, a middle, an end A story This book has strange chapter headings, she tells her imaginary goodreads audience, who mostly nod in sympathy One troll says, Man, you re just too much of a shallow cretin to get this It s experimental, idiot She s still confused.She s still confused.The child is undressed The child gets dressed to join her siblings in the car.Other things An encounter which is clearly meant to be symbolic but leaves this reviewer scratching her headMany characters of varying relevance who is this story about Strange chapter headings addresses Locations Confusing behavior by the charactersLord help her She s just not that bright.


  3. says:

    ZADIE SMITH IS IN MY STORE RIGHT NOW i think zadie smith is good at writing.for one thing, she has a real flair for location i don t recall having been to northwest london directions are hard but i feel like i can see it, through the eyes of her characters.she captures the cadence and speech patterns of a broad swathe of london s immigrant denizens irish, caribbean, caribbean italian, algerian, maybe indian, russian, tempered by the toughness of the council estates, smoothed out by education and desire, full of slang and peculiarities and how cute is british slang, that so many of their words are exact opposites of ours estate , fanny it is like they are trying to be contrary in a way that really brings her story to life and helps immerse the reader into her world.this book is about so many things love, race, the pursuit of and the definition of happiness,technology,perception how people see us and how we wish to be seen, the embarrassments of youth, and the falling short of ideals and expectations viewed as a whole, it is maybe a little confounding the portions are told in a variety of styles, down to the way that dialogue is broken up in the text but i liked that i didn t find it distracting, and i always appreciate it when there is diversity in a book it keeps the stories separate and fresh natalie s was my favorite part, told in little bite sized chunks bouncing around in time, and revealing information about the other characters involved, but i definitely felt for all of the characters in this book, and i enjoyed getting into their heads.the unifying thread tying the different narratives together is not as strong as i had hoped usually in multi perspective novels, i like when there is a BOOM where all the hints and bits coalesce and come together into an explosion of ahhhhhh , but this was a subtle connection it was okay, but there wasn t as intellectually satisfying a linking moment as some others i have read.this book is very deceptive it is a really fast read, but there are so many seemingly casual conversations and details that are doing so much work important revelations are disguised as casual exchanges, and i love that, oh do i love that view spoiler and as much as i liked felix, and i did, i definitely felt sadder when olive died than when he did sorry, but that was just so freaking sad, man hide spoiler


  4. says:

    For You Jaidee The very first two sentences of the book under the section called Visitation , scared me The fat sun stalls by the phone masts Anti climb paint turns sulphurous on School gates and lampposts.The third sentence I was ready to surrender In Willesden people go barefoot, the streets European, there is a mania for eating outside My reading experience continued uphill I stopped worrying if I would get everything Leah s doorbell rings A girl woman named Shar, is screaming and crying and begging for help This entire section I was so fully present as to how this scene would play out I wasn t yet thinking of either of their background stories.but slowly those stories give us the bigger picture and power from which this book was written Although this book is 400 pages long it reads fast due to the style of writing At times the story is told through fragments of dialogue The book is divided into four main sections Visitation, Guest, Host, and Crossing Within each of these sections we are taken inside the mind of the main and supporting characters We ve lots of diversity in the streets of London The speech sounds vary.the dialect and language feel authentic In this local London neighborhood people are a wide mix of twenty and thirty year old s young adults coming of age. immigrants from all over the world There are the junkies, druggies, poverty, bullying, yuppies, racism, sexism, class differences, marriages, children, friendship, familiar faces, goals and intentions to better oneself, and love Powerful disturbing at times but a novel to rejoice over


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    Zadie Smith captures the essence of the multi racial metropolis within these pages By using a variety of narrative techniques, she demonstrates the randomness of city life and the overlapping nature of everyday experience, and she also shows how varied the voices are within the said city It s a contortion of meaning, life and stories When I began reading this all I could thing about was James Joyce The first section of the book has borrowed many elements from Ulysses and like Dubliners an entire city has been novelised I wasn t too sure what to make of this There s nothing wrong with reusing elements of storytelling from other writers, pastiche is fine, but this felt too gimmicky it felt too similar to Joyce Though as the book progressed, Smith shed these shackles and began to experiment with different writing styles her voice came through I think she used Joyce s style purposely to demonstrate how much of this contemporary piece is in the vein of the modernist discourse she, like Joyce, is attempting to recreate the essence of real life on the page And real life isn t organised or structured The novel as an artifice is limiting at evoking this thus, writers like Zadie Smith play around with language and technique They attempt to capture something that by its very nature cannot be categorised She does it wonderfully, weaving a novel together out of seemingly interrelated episodes that only come together, ever so briefly, at the end Some sections were readable than others The first section uses the dashes of Ulysses to indicate speech and uses several brief encounters to tell the story The second section follows a straight narrative with normal speech marks The third is told in a huge list of points, each a paragraph or two long following various sections of Natalie s life And the fourth and final section felt like normal story telling I ve been reading a fair few professional reviews for this those for actual publications and many of the reviewers seem to have overlooked and or misunderstood parts of this novel One even suggested that the second section was the only one that was readable enjoyable But this isn t a story that follows an organised route because life, especially city life, doesn t do that Not everyone wants this conventional little life you re rowing your boat toward I like my river of fire And when it s time for me to go I fully intend to roll off my one person dinghy into the flames and be consumed I m not afraid When I think about NW I think about a novel can I call it a novel that defies expectations and conventions It is a piece of writing that brings together themes of monotony and ordinariness With its use of colloquialisms and slang dialogue, NW collects a whole host of voices that share their experiences with sex, coming of age, the using of drugs, trying to get pregnant and existence amongst the suburbs From the professionals to the average workers, Smith captures the heart of the modern city That being said though, it is a difficult novel to pick up and an even harder one to put down When I was reading I was enthralled by the language and essence of the book, but when I went to pick the book up a later date I struggled to do so I d lost the thread of the plot because there wasn t really a solid one And I think this would put off many readers, for me NW is one to read quite quickly and in as few sittings as possible.


  6. says:

    5 Zadieliciouz gotz the geniuz and the brillianz ztarz 2015 BRONZE AWARD 3rd favorite read This novel was so fresh, so real and so engaging on so many levels The story is about North West London and the lives of four individuals that intersect in various ways Zadie almost broke my partner and I up as I would constantly read him passages from the novel and sigh What a creative and empathic mind could create such a novel He would faux exclaim, Bloody hell Jaidee I m going to read the book soon so stop it or If you love her so much get a room I went out and bought three copies of this book to give to friends who have yet to experience the wonder of Zadie Mind you I left certain excerpts of the novel on their voicemails.Zadie has an uncanny ability to channel the souls and essence of character and through thoughts, snippets, fragments, poetry, atmosphere, dialogue and situation paint wonderfully vivid living portraits of individuals knowing each and every motivation and nuance of feeling I often felt that I was interacting with these characters and knew them intimately in a three dimensional way This was strange to me as I had absolutely little in common with any of them but I grew to care about them so much.Zadie has the wonderful magic to translate the profane into the sacred and vice versa like a high priestess of an ancient cult.Zadie is much than a novelist here She is a developmental psychologist urban anthropologist wordsmith extraordinaire local historian cultural interpreter spiritual advisor and profound poet Do I have a crush on Zadie You betcha


  7. says:

    Stunningly original, NW is a kaleidoscope of city life and particularly the lives of four people stark, beautiful, chaotic, brutal, electric and intense Very few reviewers have written a construct of the story and neither will I I will say that when I finished reading NW, I was surprised to find myself still in my own living room and not in north west London such is Smith s talent for capturing the reader s imagination Some thoughts and or quotes by the characters are Meanwhile parents have become old and ill at the very moment their children want to have their own babies Many of the parents are immigrants from Jamaica, from Ireland, from India, from China and they can t understand why they have not been invited to live with their children, as is the custom, in their countries Technology is offered as a substitute for that impossible request Stair lifts Pace makers Hip replacements Dialysis machines They have worked hard so we children might live like this They literally will not be happy until they ve moved into our houses She lost God so smoothly and painlessly she had to wonder what she d ever meant by the word Life s not a video game, Felix there aren t a certain number of points that send you to the next level There isn t actually any next level The bad news is that everybody dies at the end Game Over Desire is never final, desire is imprecise and impractical Happiness is not an absolute value It is a state of comparison Maybe it doesn t matter that life never blossomed into something larger than itself I d venture to say there would be no middle of the road feeling about NW, you d either love it or hate it I love it It is stark, beautiful, chaotic, brutal, electric and intense.It is on my best of the best bookshelf Highly recommended 5


  8. says:

    This is the novel I hoped Zadie would write Since On Beauty in 2006, she s been brushing up on the post Eggers American hipster canon, hanging with the Brooklyn crowd, writing dissertations on DFW This structurally inventive, stylistically diverse and playful novel should have set my eyes aflame with love for the precocious stripling who wrote those three unwieldy social satires in her early to late twenties But it didn t Divided into a series of cryptic sections with titles like visitation and crossing and host that stink of French theory, and making use of rangy chapter chopping devices short numerical chapters improperly ordered, chapters arranged by locational specificity with varying typographical quirks en dashes for dialogue, then no en dashes, long v short paragraphs, mixing up the narration with reported thought and dialogue I SHOULD F KING LOVE THIS But I didn t So what happened Would it be reductive of me to say, and pardon this sense lapse, I didn t like the story Or, and hang on to your hats, I didn t like the characters I respect the carefully observed micro analysis of the four lives depicted here, but the style seemed to work contra to deepening our empathy for these inexcusably ordinary Londoners and their scrambled lives, and the passing of time leaves empty lives waiting to be filled vibe that was working to provide the novel with a through line of profundity seemed a little pedestrian I should add an extra star for Zadie s successful navigation around a wholly new fictional terrain and reupholstering uphipstering her style, it s livelier and fresher than it ever was And I should have loved it But I didn t.


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    The cover flap copy makes this seem like a playfully pomo tragicomic treatise on contemporary city life but it seemed like a simultaneously straightforward and purposefully skewed narrative exploration of superaccessible topics like long term friendship, fluid identity possibility of , order chaos extremes to which we might alternately lean when there s lack or excess of either , ye olde search for meaning in a world that rarely stays ordered forever All these themes are reflected in the structure the stories of two long time female friends Leah and Keisha Natalie interrupted by the tangentially related story of a familiar neighborhood face Felix , streaked with the story of someone tangential from the girls past Nathan Bogle who affects Felix s present These stories are for the most part presented in chapters sections ordered with traditionally ascending numbers, except that in Leah s section when presented with a sufficient stressor, the chapter numbers jump from 14 to 37, a number of irrational mystical significance involving numerological quasi faith sense of order in an otherwise disordered world see p 37, UK edition Keisha Natalie s section of the book is the most traditional, an episodic series of 185 numbered short bits missing 37, of course relating fleeting coming of age memories nostalgia great bit about first listening to a Walkman, suggestions of TV shows from Friends to The Wire , sexual experience with objects and others, first loves, education, ascendancy by virtue of working twice as hard as whites not from the council estates This section, despite the appearance of numbers, reads traditionally linearly, often with scenes and dialogue, but it s an unfulfilling order for Keisha renamed Natalie to reflect her new professional identity , who longs for disorder p 267, UK There is a connection between boredom and the desire for chaos Despite many disguises and bluffs perhaps she had never stopped wanting chaos A thematic key for readers confused by this novel appears early on Page 10, UK Leah spins her spoon in her tea She pressed the bag too hard The leaves break their borders and swarm Such swarms chaos abound after the borders of various tea bags ideas of order are broken Clearly, Leah s metaphorical tea bag is broken when Shar enters her apartment in the first scene, but she can deal with it until, in chapter 14, again, she breaks down after calling Shar a thief and receiving a volley of patois in return on p 36, a scene followed by chapter 37 Keisha at first longs to escape the order of the family unit and then later as Natalie with her own family plus nanny etc she again longs to leave it she wants to tear open her tea bag and let the leaves swarm Other ideas of order are expressed as The Law see Kafka s The Trial also, At RSN Associates the law burst from broken box files p 215 UK , ye olde Anglo Saxon London, bellies kicked and sliced or swollen with baby, the encapsulated past Garvey House photo book and the uncollected present, and again on an all important formal level conventional versus unconventional structure Other dualistic dealios exist, especially one related to boredom opposed to ecstasy catharis the fullness of time google link to Kierkegaard quote presented on p 223 , the difference between a moment and an instant that Natalie thinks of as blossom And this sort of thing relates to the difference between a page of Mapquest style directions from point A to B p 33 and a page of sensations and specifics along the route p 34 Some folks mention that they don t quite like the characters, and I think this has to do with structure and characterization Early on I had trouble with characterization at first it felt detrimentally underdone, but by the end I realized that this was consequence of the structure for example, Natalie and her kids are presented early on but we don t know much about them they re or less disembodied proper nouns at first but major players come to life once things focus on Keisha Natalie Blake, the latest in the line of slant semi autobiographical characters see Irie in White Teeth and Zora in On Beauty Minor players Jayden, Nathan Bogle, Marcia, Tom, Annie maybe remain a little underdrawn, and therefore seem like thematic representatives than characters Jayden reps open living freedom Nathan Bogle reps the encapsulated past torn open Natalie s husband Frank is somehow almost a sort of superhandsome successful Trinidadian Italian hybrid stereotype if such a man can possibly be a stereotype , but he s the only one who s characterized with real vibrant zeal, like the author was concerned that James Wood might protest oh lord, there she goes again with that Hysterical Realism if she didn t tone shit down a bit in this one In general, names at first seem unremarkable Tom, Frank, Leah, Natalie, Michel, Ned but fill out with compelling prosaics in time, almost as a lesson to the reader in the importance of considering the complexity of consciousness and experience inherent in commonplace names and faces I realize I haven t gone into the section with Felix and Annie so much Felix tries to set things in order and do what s right and he gets swarmed for it Maybe I ll revisit this part a little later on.In general, I feel like I need to re read the first two sections to really see how the parts relate, but that s also the point of this book, to create initial readerly disorientation sense of disorder that solidifies focuses blossoms as the characters lives become disordered ie, as their tea leaves swarm That tension, that movement readers acheiving order as characters lose it is maybe one of the book s pleasures Again, it s the sort of book that probably requires a second read, a book whose first read for me I felt merited a second read because I m sure it s chockful of rewarding links between parts and people, associative goodies throughout I couldn t easily make on first read, that importantly relate to overarching themes of order and disorder connection and disconnection It might call for a second read but not the way Joyce or Faulkner usually do it s comparatively easy reading on a line to line level throughout Overall, an engagingly slant story in terms of thematic and narrative procession, it s necessarily angular NW than straightup N S E W.Some stray sentences of significance Captive animals, contemplating a return to nature Natalie is calm, having already traveled to the other side p 77 This line makes sense when you reach the end Some days have a depressing thematic coherence p 115 The sort of line that you think might be self referential when you re not sure if the book s hanging together thematically at that point There is an image system at work in the world We wait for an experience large or brutal enough to disturb it or break it down completely, but this moment never quite arrives Maybe it comes at the very end, when everything breaks down and no images are possible In Africa, presumably, the images that give shape and meaning to a life, and into whose dimensions a person pours themselves are drawn from the natural world and the collective imagination of the people In that circumstance there would probably be something beautiful in the alignment between the one and the many Pregnancy brought only broken images from the great mass of cultural detritus she took in every day on a number of different devices, some hand held, some not To behave in accordance with these devices bored her p 237 No annotation necessary relates to the fullness of time, being in synch with society, being one with being etc, each in its ordered place per Faulkner Here nothing less than a break a sudden and total rupture would do p 282


  10. says:

    I loved Zadie s first book, White Teeth, which she wrote when she was only 23 years old I may be wrong but I feel that with this book Smith was trying to distance herself from her 23 year old self This book introduces us to several residents of the northwest of London There s Leah who isn t content with her life despite her loving husband who desperately wants to start a family with her There s Felix, a recovering addict who decides he s off the drugs for good and ready to embark on an adult relationship And there s Natalie, nee Keisha, who is a married lawyer with two kids, trying to distance herself from her Caribbean heritage.The characters in this book,there are many, are flawed and unhappy There are some tragic scenes, some interesting ones, some thought provoking What I liked about the book is how Smith portrays the new England, the new London in particular This is a London which is very culturally diverse, where Churches, mosques, synagogues are in close proximity where you can easily find African markets and so on There is no longer a homogeneous image of what it means to be English a Londoner.Smith incorporates the linguistics of London into her book I think it may be hard for people who aren t familiar with British slang to understand parts of the dialogue, I don t know It made me curious about whether the book would do slightly better in the UK than it would do in North America and elsewhere I m not sure if the fragmentary structure of this book really worked in Smith s favour, although I found myself warming up to it as the book went on Still, I think the stream of consciousness style that was present in much of the book was a bit much.It s a grim book drugs, alcohol, poverty, council housing Everything seems so stagnant I much preferred White Teeth.


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 NW download NW , read online NW , kindle ebook NW , NW d144351603ad Set In Northwest London, Zadie Smith S Brilliant Tragicomic Novel Follows Four Locals Leah, Natalie, Felix, And Nathan As They Try To Make Adult Lives Outside Of Caldwell, The Council Estate Of Their Childhood In Private Houses And Public Parks, At Work And At Play, These Londoners Inhabit A Complicated Place, As Beautiful As It Is Brutal, Where The Thoroughfares Hide The Back Alleys And Taking The High Road Can Sometimes Lead You To A Dead End Depicting The Modern Urban Zone Familiar To City Dwellers Everywhere NW Is A Quietly Devastating Novel Of Encounters, Mercurial And Vital, Like The City Itself