David Mitchell’s BLACK SWAN GREEN

9780340822807This is an absolutely wonderful coming-of-age novel by a writer who cannot put a foot wrong. David Mitchell doesn’t just get inside the head of a thirteen year old boy but brings teenage adolescence to life like I have never read before. David Mitchell captures the innocence, the naivety, the pain and the joy so acutely that you are transported back to your own time as a teenager.

Jason Taylor is navigating the thirteenth year of his life and it is of course a tumultuous one. It is 1982 and Britain is about to go to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. At home something is happening between Jason’s parents and his sister is about to leave for university. Meanwhile at school Jason tries, fails and tries again to fit in with the other boys.

The novel brilliantly captures and portrays the inner battle everybody goes through over who we are and who we want to be. Jason is desperate to fit in with the other boys and stave of the bullies. He suppresses parts of himself to fit in; his bookishness, his poetry, his stammer. His loyalty to true friends is tested by their relative popularity. Everyday is a constant tightrope where one false move could see him become the class laughing-stock. David Mitchell mixes this all in with the ups and downs of life as seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy.

I’m loving how all of David Mitchell’s novels are interconnected no matter how unrelated they appear. I could seriously live off nothing but David Mitchell books but with only two more books to read I’m also dreading running out of new material.

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ISBN: 9780340822807
ISBN-10: 0340822805
Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Format: Paperback (197mm x 130mm x 28mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publish Date: 18-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


3 thoughts on “David Mitchell’s BLACK SWAN GREEN

  1. Ah! I just finished reading an ARC of The Bone Clocks. It was my first Mitchell book, ever. It seems I have been missing out. This one sounds so good. I am a sucker for coming-of-age stories. I need to go back and read all his novels. Starting with this one, it seems. Thanks for sharing!

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