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NW by Zadie Smith
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Sep 20, 12

Zadie Smith is the kind of writer who makes me glad I'm alive. And in some inexplicable way, she always makes me love my son and the fact that I'm raising him more, a kid I'm already pretty giddy to be around. Can't clarify any of that--just is what it is. And I say all of this even though (heresy alert) I didn't even like WHITE TEETH. Felt like I was the only person who didn't, but I didn't. I loved ON BEAUTY, and I relish her essays, so very fucking smart.

NW is a marvel. Some while back, in the New York Review of Each Other's Books (stole that from Bellow), she wrote an essay reviewing REMAINDER and some other book, and she spoke to the future of the novel, the future of its forms, wondering if the same old way of telling a story was relevant anymore (my words, not hers, but that's the gist). So in this novel, she uses new forms, and she does so with remarkable skill. The writing is an urban, hardscrabble, Nietzsche/Kierkegaard poetry. The characters are clear as water. And the story neither breaks your heart nor inspires it; it just settles in next to it like something as real as your mattress or your thoughts. And she speaks more brilliantly and usefully about our multi-cultural (phrase I hate) world than anyone else writing today. The ending (meaning the last page) isn't perfect, but everything else is.
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Jason I'm seeing this book everywhere on the Goodreads!

Erik Simon Just got released.

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