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NW by Zadie Smith
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Sep 06, 2012

did not like it
Read from September 07 to 16, 2012

'NW', by Zadie Smith, was a challenging, disjointed read, especially in the first part of the book, and it's written in a way some readers wouldn't be accustomed to, or would like.

Sections of the book are in different styles; one like poetry, another like online chat and quotation marks are non-existent throughout the dialog in the first section.

The story also lacks substantive plot; rather it delves more into the characters; their insecurities, prejudices, fears and ambitions. There is no doubt the characters and language are authentic given the author was born in north-west London, where the book is set.

There were times when I felt like abandoning this book, but changed my mind, determined to finish it. After all, every reader should experience different authors and their respective styles to appreciate writing as an art and to challenge your imagination.

Zadie Smith is a unique and critically praised author, with a wry sense of humor evident throughout 'NW', but with a writing style that will not necessarily be to everyone's taste.
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