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Black Swan Green : Hardcover – 8 May 2006
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Black Swan Green's 'I love 1982' nostalgia is a glassy, pitch-perfect, mock-innocent surface through which something rotten might appear. (Ali Smith Sunday Telegraph)
David Mitchell is dizzyingly, dazzlingly good . . . Black Swan Green is just gorgeous. (Eithne Farry Daily Mail )
It is the best kind of contemporary fiction. ( TLS )
Hugely touching and enjoyable. (Rachel Cooke, Summer Reads Observer)
A delight to read from beginning to end. ( Sunday Express )
Luminously beautiful. ( The Times )
David Mitchell, author of the Man Booker-shortlisted CLOUD ATLAS, returns with a vintage novel destined to be his most captivating achievement to date
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There’s an entertaining link to his more famous novel The Cloud Atlas and well-observed and beautifully written passages about growing up in the Eighties, the constant fight to avoid bullies at school and out of school, trying to understand your parents and learning about girls. There’s not all that much of a character arc but it really doesn’t matter – it’s a great snapshot of a point in time and if it is not somewhat autobiographical then its a very convincing character that Mitchell has created in the form of Jason.
The details about how Jason’s stammer ‘behaves’ and how he fights to control it is very interesting and although some of the content is rather painful it’s not without its humour or poetry. A thirteen-year-old’s fight to have some kind of control over his life and form a comfortable identity is very well portrayed.
An authentic narrative voice is in turns funny, perceptive and moving. In parts it is desperately sad (even though Jason expresses no self pity) but is ultimately positive and uplifting. Beautifully constructed novel and exuberant language.