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Black Swan Green (Paperback)

Author:  David Mitchell
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812974018
ISBN-13: 9780812974010
Sku: 202934210
Publish Date: 2/27/2007
Pages:  294
Age Range:  NA
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Do not set foot in my office. That's Dad's rule. But the phone'd rung twenty-five times. Normal people give up after ten or eleven, unless it's a matter of life or death. Don't they (from the first line)
A meditative novel of a young boy on the cusp of adulthood follows a single year in the life of thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor as he grows up in what is for him the sleepiest village in Worcestershire, England, in 1982. By the aauthor of Cloud Atlas. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Mitchell, David *Publication Date: 2007/02/27 *Number of Pages: 294 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25
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From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.
Black Swan tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigré who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason’s search to replace his dead grandfather’s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran Lps, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher’s recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons.
Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green is David Mitchell’s subtlest and most effective achievement to date.

From the Hardcover edition.
Rich with period detail, this lyrical but unsentimental novel by the author of the critically acclaimed CLOUD ATLAS takes the reader back to 1982, and into the life of Jason Taylor, an introspective 13-year-old poet living in the small English town of Black Swan Green. The book chronicles his unwilling observation of his parents' souring relationship, his attempts to conceal his stammer, and his struggles to remain, if not popular, at least not utterly despised by the popular kids.


"[D]azzling....[H]as there ever been a more hectic, multilayered, virtuouso coming-of-age?....This book is so entertainingly strange, so packed with activity, adventures, and diverting banter, that you only realize as the extraordinary novel concludes that the timid boy has grown before your eyes into a capable young man. [Grade: ] A." - Jennifer Reese 04/14/2006

"Great Britain's CATCHER IN THE RYE--and another triumph for one of the present age's most interesting and accomplished novelists. " (starred review) 02/01/2006

"[A] gorgeously revealed cast....How Jason and his family navigate this year of change is the emotional core of this rich novel." (starred review) 01/02/2006

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0294
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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