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
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.
I don't think it was worth publishing.
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.
I will have to read the book myself to give an objective view. The reader was much too involved.
Filty language. story about nothing!
not unless she really improved her writing skills.all of them
all of them! Start over!!!!
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