NW / Zadie Smith.
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780141036595 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2012.
Additional information: 335 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Zadie Smith's tragi-comic 'NW' follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel.
Reading Group review - A challenging novel which many of us found hard to finish. The book is divided into sections with varying lengths and written from the perspective of three different characters, all living in North London. At her best, Smith captures the essence of a metropolitan, cosmopolitan London and the sacrifices needed to escape from the grinding poverty of the tower blocks. The human lives she describes are touching, funny and at times devastatingly sad. Her experimentalism with language can capture these truths magnificently, but can also make it hard to empathise with her characters. A "Marmite" book which some of us admired greatly, and others simply could not relate to.