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Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
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it was amazing

David Mitchell captured my soul from two different directions in this novel. First of all, he evoked coming of age in the 1980s perfectly. Even thought this tale is set firmly in England, I felt such a kinship for Jason Taylor as he struggled through his thirteenth year feeling out of place, tortured and completely adrift. Those are the hallmarks of 13 and Mitchell captures them honestly, with humor and without self-pity. It felt very personal to me.

Secondly, as the mother of boys, I read this book as a sort of primer. He delves so beautifully into the thoughts and emotions of a pubescent boy. I wish that this is the kind of book they'd read in high school because, while the references would seem dated (even ancient) to them, the themes and emotions would be much more real than, say, The Catcher in the Rye.

Just a beautiful, wonderful novel.
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Quotes Alena Liked

David Mitchell
“If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”
David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

David Mitchell
“These jokes the world plays, they're not funny at all.”
David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

David Mitchell
“It'll be all right." Julia's gentleness makes it worse. "In the end, Jace."
"It doesn't feel very all right."
"That's because it's not the end.”
David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

Reading Progress

January 12, 2014 – Started Reading
January 12, 2014 – Shelved
January 18, 2014 – Finished Reading

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