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Read a couple of chapters and can already tell its great It took me quite a long time to get my head around the rap style of writing with no clear definition of who is speaking the character in question or the author as the descriptions merge into the conversations and are very much in the vernacular style of north west London Kilburn and similar areas However, the author is magically observant and once you get into the style of writing, you can identify whole heartedly with the characters and their situations even if you don t wholly sympathise with them It s a book to read when you can give it than ten minutes so that you can get into the mood and follow the storyline It s not my world at all and it isn t the sort of book I would normally choose, but it is a highly intelligent, entertaining and clever piece of writing that paints a very real picture of a community It s outside my comfort zone, and maybe many other people s a very good thing to be bounced into reading something quite different Recommended. not the best Zadie Smith but still a good read edit As a Londoner this book struck a chord in me and after reading a few of the reviews slating it, I feel the desire to explain why This isn t my type of literature, far from it, but I found myself drawn in Zadie Smith has captured the language and dialect of several generations, to the point that I was transported back 14 years to high school I remember people using terms like long and blud, I remember people like the characters of NW.The reason for the low rating is that while the novel was compelling, as mentioned it was not my cup of tea But mostly it was incredibly depressing Is that what we all have to look forward to in adult hood Or is that just the vision of those who do not dream of something else, something better Zadie Smith s NW follows four Londoners Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan after they ve left their childhood council estate and moved on into their lives It is very, very accomplished Her dialogue is to die for and repays reading aloud e.g Phil Barnes s brilliant soliloquy pp.111 et seq , and Natalie in particular is a great, poignant creation However I didn t understand what all the clever structuring and playing with punctuation, etc, added It made it often tricky to follow, which lessened rather than increasing my involvement Some of the obliqueness was pleasing, but much of it felt like literary muscle flexing and could lose many readers Also it masked questions about plot and character that stretch credibility, e.g Why doesn t Leah just have the important conversation up front with her husband, who loves her to bits We are never told. The story centres around particular characters in northwest London, the characters are very true to life, subtle traits with complex personalities ultimately fighting for identity and striving to reach goals they think they want or are expected to reach As a result it feels very real, no hyperbole no cheese either.The centre of the story is undoubtedly london The author defines and creates London just as it is, which as a Londoner was great to read London defines each of the characters, their personalities, goals, friends and and it is ultimately the one consistent aspect to all their lives, despite the unpredictability of what it offers The passion zadie smith has for London jumps out of the pages and describes it better than any other novelist I have read so far. From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE and WOMENS PRIZE SHORTLISTED author of Swing Time, White Teeth andOn Beauty a masterful and intimate novel of modern London lifeA triumph Every sentence sings GuardianIntensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece Daily TelegraphSmiths most satisfying novel Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy Shes up there with the best around Evening Standard Zadie Smiths brilliant tragicomic NW follows four Londoners Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan after theyve left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices theyve made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel Funny, poignant and vividly contemporary, NW is as brimming with vitality as the city itself In view of the author s reputation I was surprised to find that there was nothing in this book to hold my interest, perhaps because the characters lives are so far outside my own experience of life I felt no affinity with any of them.