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Swing Time: A Novel av Zadie Smith
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Swing Time: A Novel (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2017)

av Zadie Smith (Författare)

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"An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey--the same twists, the same shakes--and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time"--… (mer)
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Titel:Swing Time: A Novel
Författare:Zadie Smith (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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This is the first time I’ve read a Zadie Smith book, and her writing immediately transported me. Swing Time tells the story of two girls who were friends when they were young, loved to dance, and took very different paths as they grew up and grew apart. The story jumps between time periods and continents, but the voice remains the same.

I found Swing Time to be a pendulum between states. Famous, unsuccessful. Comfortable, poor. Intellectual, cosmopolitan. Natural talent, hard work. Throughout the entire book, our unnamed narrator finds herself confused and learning. The world itself never seems to fit in the box she has built in her mind to fit it and as such the alternating chapters between Aimee and Tracey are in many ways repetitive, just from a slightly different perspective.

One thing I will criticize is that Swing Time feels… excessively wordy. Despite what a wonderful job narrator Pippa Bennett-Warner did with this book, I still had to play it back on 2x because otherwise I found my mind wandering. Each section is beautifully written, but with hours of material just like this, it’s easy to get fatigued by the philosophical ponderings, socio-economic lectures, and bemused conversation.

Like most literary fiction, this book explores the world. Smith’s writing is stunning and immersive despite its repetitive nature and wordiness. I enjoyed the slow transformation of not just our narrator, but Aimee and Tracey as well. Swing Time is a good book to pick up if you’re looking for something slow but interesting that is well-written and raw, though not abrasively so. I enjoyed it enough that I will pick up more of Smith’s work. ( )
  Morteana | Jun 7, 2021 |
Ok to begin, but became boring and half way through I just couldn't get interested enough to work through all 450 pages. At my age, time is precious. ( )
  oldblack | May 26, 2021 |
I never had a clue where this was going to end up. It's very good straight fiction. (Straight as in no critters or bizarre plot twists, not a reference to gender. It is a novel about people getting on with their lives.) ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
I’ve read different descriptions of what this book is supposed to be about: dance, immigrant experiences in the UK (which is the reason I picked this book)...it dabbles in these topics & others. There’s no plot (I wish there was): it’s about a part of a woman’s life from elementary school to her 30s. Not very interesting but not completely boring. Doubt I’ll read more by Smith. ( )
  KarenMonsen | Mar 11, 2021 |
Although this book didn't connect a lot for me emotionally, I think it's very well written and is probably fairly important as a piece of literature. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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For its plot alone, Swing Time makes for truly marvellous reading. The narrator’s journey, from gritty estate to glittering globe and back again, is the juicy stuff of which film adaptations are made. And the music! If one were to make a playlist of the references, one would have a greatest hits of black music: from Gambian drummers to Cab Calloway to Michael Jackson to Rakim. What makes Swing Time so extraordinary are the layers on which it operates; beneath its virtuosic plotting lies the keenest social commentary.
 
Some of the narrator’s experiences in Africa with Aimee — combined with her efforts to understand shifting attitudes toward race in music and dance — are meant to raise larger questions about cultural appropriation, and the relationship between the privileged West and the developing world. But these issues do not spring organically from this clumsy novel — a novel that showcases its author’s formidable talents in only half its pages, while bogging down the rest of the time in formulaic and predictable storytelling.
 
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"An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey--the same twists, the same shakes--and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time"--

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