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Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
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Nov 25, 07

Read in November, 2007

I learned the difference between a stutter and a stammer. At one point, in reading this, I started to develop a stammer so I took a break from the book.

I liked Jason Taylor. I felt an affinity for him, though I wasn't picked on as much as him growing up. stammer vs. english as second language; desire to conform vs. confidence in individuality.

Favorite part was the release (pgs. 364-366) with the money quote: "If I can reach this state of not caring, Hangman'll remove his finger from my lips."

David Mitchell is a talented writer. My favorite parts were the protagonist's interactions with the woman from the vicarage and his insights into his stammer and his coping methodology. Overall, I felt this book's poignancy was a bit lost on me, someone who didn't live in Britain around the time of the Falkland War. I suspect that after having watched "This is England," having intimate knowledge of this time in Britain would greatly enhance the reading experience.
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