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From 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. The dazzling novel from critically-acclaimed David pixia-club.infoisted for the Costa Novel AwardLonglisted for the Man Booker Prize. Read "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell available from Rakuten Kobo. The dazzling novel from critically-acclaimed David Mitchell. Shortlisted for the
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Report as inappropriate. It is a very funny book even though it is not supposed to be so, because Jason does silly things I personally would never do,wich means that it is interesting to see how he will get out of that situation.
It's not often one finds a book you wish you'd found during your formative years; it makes it feel right, somehow, that all those school skirmishes are not yours alone. And the interwoven fabric of a wider and richer world of Mr Mitchell's works is revealed.
Reminds those of us of a certain age about the trials of adolescence. Altogether a very moving and often hilarious read. No noncorpus, no ghosts or imortals, but still a masterpiece. Loved it from begin to end. Even in this book, Mitchell references many great writers such as T. Elliot or Chekov, references Madame Bovary which he did in n9d as well and offers a massive listening list of a wide variety of great musicians.
As someone who hopes to go on into teaching, I find Mitchell to be a useful example of how to get people excited about books. Now that he has achieved recognition, he was able to move away from the more gimmicky methods to write something more subdued such as BSG and Thousand Autumns.
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I think there is a bright horizon for Mitchell if he continues to grow and push forward. Although I read this book just over six months ago, it has not left my mind and recently I have spent a great deal of time fighting back the bleakness of the factory by over-analyzing this novel. Spending a year with Jason Taylor really endears the reader towards David Mitchell, as they quickly realize much of the stories are based on his own life.
However, I would not recommend it as a first Mitchell read, seeing as it is a sort of commentary on the previous novels. Even if you disliked his earlier works, I would still recommend giving this novel a try, as it is a strong departure from his usual style. As the novel comes to a close, the reader sees life as a continuing spiral instead of something made of many beginnings and endings.
It ends on the minor key, that angsty note that demands one final chord for completion and resolution, but Mitchell leaves the readers mind to fill that note in.
We are left feeling things could get better, but to resolve everything would be to cheapen the story and to cheapen the actual course life takes. This is not a perfect novel, and has many aspects that leave a bad taste in the mouth of many well-read individuals please browse GR, there are many with better tastes and insight than I that found a lukewarm reception in this book , yet I feel that Mitchell does an excellent job of covering his tracks. The ideas of Literary Pulp are also prominent in the Goatwritter section of n9d as well.
Both deal with a coming-of-age, musical tastes, and overcoming personal hardships, yet BSG is accomplished without the melodramatic angst and emotion that teenagers seem to thrive on. This review and the footnotes have been a blatant rip-off of DFW? So, Jace. View all 76 comments. I have a soft spot for coming of age books. So whenever I start a coming of age, I keep chanting, "please be good". I hate it when I don't like such story as I think they are beautiful, if written in right way, and perhaps one of the hardest kind to write.
It's difficult to capture the emotions of an adolescent. It's such a tender age where kids are coming to terms to with life, when they try to fit in or hide away; when parents let them come out of their shadows and the brutal world is trying t I have a soft spot for coming of age books.
It's such a tender age where kids are coming to terms to with life, when they try to fit in or hide away; when parents let them come out of their shadows and the brutal world is trying to teach them the hard realities of world.
When they're clueless about whether to behave like an adult because everyone expect them to or be that carefree kid who don't give a damn about this big, bad world.
Black Swan Green is story of 13 year old Jason Taylor. On the surface he is just an ordinary boy but as you get to know him, you find how hard he is trying to be accepted in group of popular kids. He knows they're bad, they're bullies but still he wants to be a part of that gang because it'll help him attain that status which every weak kid desires. Some kind of security, perhaps? Too bad that he was not accepted and spent all the time to hide from those bullies who harass him whenever they find him alone.
They make fun of his stuttering, and alienate him. If all that struggle outside home was not hard enough, he has to endure the little fights that his parents had. Its kind of funny how parents think. They'll hide things from you as in their opinion they're shielding you from pain because you're still a kid and unable to understand things. But they'll dump everything on you later expecting you to understand and corporate. They'll expect you to behave like an adult. This book is semi-autobiography of author and perhaps that's why he has captured the emotions of Jason so beautifully.
I felt happy, sad, ecstatic, scared, and love for Jason because it was just perfect. A perfect read for someone like me who loves coming of age stories. View all 11 comments. Oct 26, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: I think it was the summer between eighth and ninth grades that I had an absolutely hellish summer camp experience. I haven't thought of this experience in quite sometime, it's sort of one of those things that I just don't dwell on, but it was one of those times that seriously fucked me up.
Some of the taunting that Jason Taylor goes through in this b I think it was the summer between eighth and ninth grades that I had an absolutely hellish summer camp experience. Some of the taunting that Jason Taylor goes through in this book kind of reminded me of this particular time. The early 80's English world that the book takes place in is slightly different from my own experience though, maybe it's the British class thing, but the kids in this book fall into particular positions and there is little mobility out of being an insider or outsider.
My own particular experience was that the people tormenting were people I considered friends who turned particularly nasty, and they would swing back to being friends and back to tormentors again.
Thinking about many of my experiences growing up, I realize that a lot of kids I knew, especially neighborhood kids, my relationships with many of them were hazy blurs of being friendly, being at war, being friendly again, and maybe even being bullied by them. I had some mixed feelings doing into this book. Besides Cloud Atlas , none of David Mitchell's books have ever called to me.
I mean, when I see or saw them for the first time and read what they are about I don't feel any desire to read them. But, I've enjoyed the two Mitchell books I've read. Lots of goodreads people I know just love him and they are generally people whose opinions I respect or at least I like their opinions because their opinions line up with my opinions on many book related areas, and it's only natural to think that people who agree with you are smarter than the other philistines who don't agree with you about these sorts of things, right?
So that is why I read the book. And I figured a coming of age story in his hands might be interesting. It was, but it was also nothing that I hadn't read before. The story is a year in the life of a kid growing up in the early 's.
It's the year of the Falkland's conflict war? It's the rise of Thatcher, and of continuing economic troubles in the UK. Actually all of this sounds like like a Crass album.
I probably liked the book more than my three star rating would make it seem. I think part of the problem was that I was expecting a more interesting narrative, or structure to the story from Mitchell. This was a fairly straight-forward coming of age story.
Maybe there isn't a lot that can be done with this particular genre, but this book didn't feel like it really stood out from other movies and novels I've consumed. I think that my lowish star rating is also how I feel the book stands up to the other books of Mitchell's I've read, and as a kind of reaction to the gushing praise that is splashed all over the front and back cover of this book.
This was one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times? Was it a slow year in literature? The last couple of chapters in the book didn't help save the book for me, either. I was already feeling like the book was nothing spectacular when this happened. I'll save spoiling anything, but things started to feel a little unrealistic for the way things had been going in the book. I'd probably recommend reading something by John Green if you want to read about precious slightly loser-ish teen boys navigating their adolescence.
But there really isn't anything wrong with this book, it just never really did much for me though. Almost sent home for learning how the simple joy of making a blow torch using matches and aerosol bug spray. Forced to do some push-ups as punishment and got screamed at a lot by some jock asshole counselor. Learned what a gang-bang was through an immature song my tent-mate sung constantly. Almost died rappelling and contracted food poisoning from eating raw chicken.
Also spent most of the week in the pouring rain. Built character, I guess. Woke up every morning at around 5 AM to take field notes for a merit badge, discovered a beaver dam and watched a beaver swim around every morning.
An enjoyable experience. Learned that I don't like boats at all and I have no skill in using them except for capsizing them.
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I also learned that playing a game where two teams fight each other in the water for control over a greased watermelon is stupid. I'm also inept at blowing up my clothes in the water. I'm fairly certain that these two weeks are responsible for a host of my 'problems' of dealing with other people as a normal person. Swam a mile. Crashed a motor boat. Went on one of the worst trips ever. I guess this built character.
Back to the nice camp. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake. View all 14 comments.
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Teenaged protagonist. Strike two, and ball one of strike three: Or something like it. Strike three: I don't think he's a good writer, I don't like the story he told here which has nothing to do with him, only to do with my response , and I won't be reading more stuff like this: In the hot slurry were bits of prawn and carrot. Some'd got n my splayed fingers. It was warm as warm rice pudding. More was coming, Inside my eyelids was a Lambert and Butler cigarette sticking out of its box, like in an advert.
The second torrent was a mustardier yellow. I guppered for fresh oxygen like a man in an airlock. Prayed that was the last of it. Then came three short, boiling subslurries, slicker and sweeter, as if composed of the Baked Alaska. If you can make a kid puking tedious, brother, you can make ANYthing tedious. And he does. Poke me with a fork, I'm done.
View all 48 comments. Nov 09, Tim rated it really liked it. Sometimes I look forward to reviewing a book; other times it can feel like an unwanted chore, like mopping the floor. This falls into the latter category. As a parent boys are difficult at thirteen. The spontaneity and moments of genius have retreated behind double glazing. A surly self-consciousness has replaced the old inclination to dig and dance Sometimes I look forward to reviewing a book; other times it can feel like an unwanted chore, like mopping the floor.
A surly self-consciousness has replaced the old inclination to dig and dance and sing. That was one thing this book made me aware of. At the same time it brought back memories of when I was thirteen, only a few years before the character in this book was thirteen.
One thing that occurred to me was how important football was in determining popularity at school. Mitchell barely mentions football. What Mitchell does supremely well here is to use stuttering as a metaphor for the painful awakening of self-consciousness in all adolescents thanks to Ellie for making me rethink this element of the novel!
Anyway, apologies for writing down some random thoughts instead of writing a helpful review! View all 21 comments. Anyone who still remembers own 13 year-old self. Because Mitchell accustomed us with his earlier works to something more bizarre and flamboyant? Because Black Swan Green is so … ordinary?
Adolescence is a real torture, especially for sensitive, smart but morbidly lacking of self-confidence one. And so Jason is. Thirteen-year-old from some jerkwater town, struggling with own deficiencies and fears. In some respects Jason has really rough times: In his home there is no better, bad relationships with older sister and hanging over head parents' divorce.
And all this in Thatcher's England, times of recession, with the ongoing absurd Falklands war in the background. This traditional story captivates by its simplicity. Nuanced, amusing and compassionate at the same time. Accurate and irresistibly funny description of adults: The tragicomic deliberations on whom stutterer can become, as for sure not a lawyer, maybe a lighthouse keeper? Soliciting for recognition in the peer group, dread of rejection and to be an object of ridicule and bullying described with tact and humour.
Thirteen, wonderfully unhappy age.
Neither child nor teenager. Black Swan Green then is a poignant, bitter-sweet farewell to childhood. View all 23 comments. David Mitchell is known for dazzling innovation and dizzying ambition. Intricately structured novels such as Cloud Atlas and Ghostwritten are grand kaleidoscopes of intersecting voices and places. This book is a change of pace, however.
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It focuses on a single character in a single location. But despite its narrowed scope, it is no less powerful or captivating than his other works.
Jason Taylor is our hero, a thirteen-year-old boy in the sleepy middle-class town of Black Swan Green, Worcestershire David Mitchell is known for dazzling innovation and dizzying ambition.
Jason Taylor is our hero, a thirteen-year-old boy in the sleepy middle-class town of Black Swan Green, Worcestershire. On the surface all is well - he is a clever kid who has had poetry published in a local magazine, his family live in a wealthy estate and he has a loyal best friend in Dean Moran.
But trouble is bubbling underneath.
He is struggling to fit in at school, his stammer is becoming worse and lately his parents don't seem to be getting on with each other. And that's not to mention the ever-present threat of bullies, plus the head-scratching mystery of girls.
It seems quite a personal tale, in some aspects at least. Mitchell grew up in a similar Worcestershire town and would have been the same age as Jason at this time.
He has also spoken openly about his own struggles with a speech impediment. Jason refers to the mental block he experiences when speaking as a Hangman which robs him of his words. The intense anguish and embarrassment it causes him is extremely moving. It opened my eyes to the trauma and suffering that a person with a speech disorder goes through.
Mitchell has described this book as a kind of catharsis for him: It understands the true anxieties of adolescence better than anything else I've read. It's also a love letter to the early 80s and Mitchell clearly remembers this period fondly, with myriad references to The Rockford Files, Big Trak, Angel Delight and the like. It makes me pine for a more innocent time, when simple pleasures were enough to satisfy, instead of the hyper-connected world we now live in.
Black Swan Green is a nostalgic delight, a gorgeous and vibrant account of that volatile first teenage year. View all 15 comments. Jul 01, Megha rated it liked it Shelves: Just as I opened the cover of the book, I was hit by a barrage of praise for the book comments.
May be I should have stopped right there. But I didn't. Hence this review. When I watch a Hollywood movie or a TV show involving American schools, I see schoolkids overly concerned with social status and pecking order. There are these popular and cool kids, then there are nerds and other such stereotypes. They have to constantly worry about whose parties they get invited to, who they are seen talking t Just as I opened the cover of the book, I was hit by a barrage of praise for the book comments.
They have to constantly worry about whose parties they get invited to, who they are seen talking to in public, what table they sit at during lunch, which co-curricular activities they participate in. It's their "coolness points" that are stake here. If you don't wear make-up or fancy clothes, no one wants to talk to you. If you are fat or wear braces, you are at risk of being an outcast. Geez, kids. Take it easy, will ya?! Who is teaching these kids to be so class-conscious?
Who is teaching them to be so judgmental and critical of each other - that too based on superficial factors? Who is teaching them that they need to try to be someone they are not? Why can't kids just be kids? I once asked some of my American colleagues if their school lives were anything like what they show in movies. They told me that what they show in movies is highly exaggerated. As expected.
But some kind of social hierarchy can be seen, however vaguely, in real life schools too. Our school life was just so different. Admittedly it has changed a bit by now, given I have been out of high school for almost 10 years. But things were, and are, so much simpler.
And I wish they would be simple for Jason too. I understand him being conscious about his stammer. But I wish he didn't have to worry about being a social pariah for being a stammerer. And why don't his parents even attempt to make him feel comfortable and assure him that at least at home he doesn't need to feel shy? His dad's face turns a shade darker if the topic of stammering comes up.
His mom talks about it in hushed tones to Aunt Alice. By avoiding the topic, the only message they are sending across is that they are embarrassed by Jason's problem and so should be Jason. Poor Jace the ace! I have all the sympathy for Jason, as will any other reader. Because Mitchell didn't leave us any other choice. If the characters aren't complex, the reader's emotional response to them is pretty much pre-defined. Jason is just a western adolescent boy, trying to be a regular western adolescent boy and a bunch of problems befall him through no fault of his own.
What is a reader going to say - "Take that, you ape! And all the middle school drama - no thanks. Right off the bat, Jason establishes the social order. There are these rules about how you don't say no to cigarette if an "upper class" kid offers it to you. You can't say no to playing a game you hate, because that makes you look weak.
There are detailed scenes about one schoolkid fighting another. Haven't we heard this story so many times before? This has to be one of the better written books on this topic though. I liked Mitchell's writing, but he needs to decide if it is a 13 year old boy who is narrating or a 35 year old man. The narrator is too eloquent and insightful for a 13 year old. I would give Mitchell the benefit of the doubt and assume that it's the adult Jason who is narrating the 13th year of this life.
But then he keeps using teenage slang too. Sep 25, Jessica rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I remember describing this book to a coworker: Much of the lush description teeters into the territory of over-writing, something that a young, unfocused writer often clings to. Once again, the novel does rely on the acceptance of these techniques and this does not satisfy everyone.
Then again, I may just be an apologist since I really do appreciate Mitchell hope for his success. His novels are an interesting amalgamation of easily digestible plots, literary theory, fireworks and fantastic writing. Mitchell positions himself as a sort of literary gateway drug, pulling younger readers, or readers with more of an inclination towards plot-driven novels, into the wide wonderful wilderness of literature.
Mitchell comes across more like the overly excited professor that just wants you to love books as much as he does and is willing to sacrifice some of his literary merit with the higher brow to draw in a crowd of readers who would otherwise stay away from the higher brow literature.
In Cloud Atlas, for example, someone who loved the Somni story is more or less instructed to seek out books like Brave New World while the Adam Ewing story borrows the style of Herman Melville to turn heads his way. Even in this book, Mitchell references many great writers such as T.
Elliot or Chekov, references Madame Bovary which he did in n9d as well and offers a massive listening list of a wide variety of great musicians. As someone who hopes to go on into teaching, I find Mitchell to be a useful example of how to get people excited about books.
Now that he has achieved recognition, he was able to move away from the more gimmicky methods to write something more subdued such as BSG and Thousand Autumns. I think there is a bright horizon for Mitchell if he continues to grow and push forward.
Although I read this book just over six months ago, it has not left my mind and recently I have spent a great deal of time fighting back the bleakness of the factory by over-analyzing this novel.
Spending a year with Jason Taylor really endears the reader towards David Mitchell, as they quickly realize much of the stories are based on his own life. However, I would not recommend it as a first Mitchell read, seeing as it is a sort of commentary on the previous novels.On the surface he is just an ordinary boy but as you get to know him, you find how hard he is trying to be accepted in group of popular kids. Black Swan Green is a nostalgic delight, a gorgeous and vibrant account of that volatile first teenage year.
They have to constantly worry about whose parties they get invited to, who they are seen talking t Just as I opened the cover of the book, I was hit by a barrage of praise for the book comments. We appreciate your feedback. But he hasn't reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls.
The narration by a stuttering 13 year old boy is slightly reminiscent of Mark Haddon's Curious Incident , but not as convincing or interesting. Enlarge cover. How does this content violate the Lulu Membership Agreement?
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