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Puberty and Poetry,
This review is from: Black Swan Green (Paperback)
Take a trip into the mind of a twelve-to-thirteen year old boy who is experiencing the beginnings of puberty, love of poetry and 'what life means' in Thatcherite England. He draws metaphors from the everyday, the mundane and things you would never have thought of yourself, but which, upon reflection, appear so incredibly appropriate. 'She had knuckles like toblerone' is one I recall (probably inaccurately) offhand.
This book once again exemplifies why Mitchell is such a fantastic author. He is able to go from the incredible accomplishment of Cloud Atlas, to the more meditative and playful Black Swan Green. What makes the book doubly good, and why it is true Mitchell fare, is that he obviously takes such pleasure in language, he relishes words and finding wonderful metaphors for the mundane. If nothing else it makes you believe Jason, makes you want to have met him as an adolescent and to wonder at what kind of a man he would be now.
I also enjoyed the cute connection to Cloud Atlas. I'm a sucker for such things.