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NW: A Novel | [Zadie Smith]

NW: A Novel

Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....
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Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better.

Thirty years later, ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means. Living only streets apart, they occupy separate worlds and navigate an atomized city where few wish to be their neighbor’s keeper. Then, one April afternoon, a stranger comes to Leah’s door seeking help, disturbing the peace, and forcing Leah out of her isolation....

From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, in this delicate, devastating novel of encounters, the main streets hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead to a dead end. Zadie Smith’s NW brilliantly depicts the modern urban zone - familiar to city dwellers everywhere - in a tragicomic novel as mercurial as the city itself.

©2012 Zadie Smith (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK, ITS TERRIBLE"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO ONE


    Would you ever listen to anything by Zadie Smith again?

    YES


    Which character – as performed by Karen Bryson – was your favorite?

    NONE


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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    I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS ABOUT. I FINISHED BOOK 1 AND HATED THE BOOK. I HAD READ "WHITE TEETH" BY ZADIE SMITH AND LOVED IT. THATS WHY I ORDERED THIS BOOK. BIG MISTAKE. MAYBE YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK AND NOT LISTEN TO.

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    R, Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States 09-23-12
    R, Ardsley on Hudson, New York, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Trying too hard."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think it was worth publishing.


    What was most disappointing about Zadie Smith’s story?

    She fails completely to convey meaning. She tries too hard with images that mean little. It is possible that the reader gets in the way of the story by interpreting things that the reader should be left to interpret. A good book does not need such an elaborate performance. The performance detracts from the book and adds nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    Hopefully not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to read the book myself to give an objective view. The reader was much too involved.

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    Judy Cleburne, TX, United States 01-26-13
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    "discusting!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    poorly writen.


    What was most disappointing about Zadie Smith’s story?

    Filty language. story about nothing!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    not unless she really improved her writing skills.all of them


    What character would you cut from NW?

    all of them! Start over!!!!


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