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Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
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Jun 02, 11

bookshelves: library-loan, fiction, read2011
Read from May 24 to June 01, 2011

I remember enjoying Cloud Atlas and finding it a beautifully constructed and written story. Black Swan Green has been perfectly OK but against that expectation, a disappointment. A perfectly reasonable tale of teenage traumas but nothing special overall. There were echoes of various classics but they were signposted and thus less effective

That said, there were heaps of almost guilty pleasures because of all the period features from my youth and because I have a familiarity, albeit limited, with the area in which the story is set. I have also had a conversation with gypsies which paralleled Jason's. I found myself feeling that I would prefer to have this sort of detail in a memoir - and lo, and behold, credited at the end is Andrew Collins' Where Did It All Go Right?

There were a few beautiful phrases but since they didn't sit well as the thoughts of Jason Taylor, Third Year (though maybe as his alter ego poet Eliot Bolivar) they didn't seem to count.

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