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Title:Black Swan Green
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Publisher:Random House
ISBN:0812974018
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Number of Pages:304
Category:Fiction, Coming of age, Young adult, Contemporary, Literary fiction

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Black Swan Green From award winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new .

i Black Swan Green i tracks a single year in what is for thirteen year old Jason Taylor the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England But the thirteen chapters each a short story in its own right create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik i i enacted in boys games on a frozen lake of nightcreeping through the summer backyards of strangers of the tabloid fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll of the cruel luscious Dawn Madden and her power hungry boyfriend Ross Wilcox of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck an elderly bohemian emigr who is both more and less than she appears of Jason s search to replace his dead grandfather s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered of first cigarettes first kisses first Duran Duran LPs and first deaths of Margaret Thatcher s recession of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire and even closer to home of a slow motion divorce in four seasons .

Pointed funny profound left field elegiac and painted with the stuff of life i Black Swan Green i is David Mitchell s subtlest and most effective achievement to date

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