Category Archives: Disappointment

Like reading a fever dream

If I try to tell you what N-W by Zadie Smith is about, it’s going to end up sounding like the description of a vivid and messed up fever dream. nwCharacters float in and out and the whole book is filled with weird moments, misplaced dialogue and confusing vignettes.

I like Zadie Smith, or at least I really want to. I enjoyed White Teeth when it came out back in 2000, or at least I seem to remember that I did. But N-W? Not so much.

The book follows four characters in London’s northwest corner. None are particularly likeable. None are particularly relatable.

N-W is a polarizing book. I know it. Looking at reviews on Goodreads, people either loved it or hated it. I have to say I’m in the latter category.

Next up: The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

-kp

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