Black Swan Green is a journal-like narrative of Jason Taylor, a stammering 13-year old boy from Black Swan Green, a village in Worcestershire, the UK (at one point in the novel, Jason explained the difference between "stutter" and "stammer", which is hilarious". Charting 13 months from January 1982, the book is a nostalgic memoir of a middle-class boy in the Margaret Thatcher's era.
Maybe because I also grew up in the 1980s, the story brought me many wonderful memories of the era, e.g. songs from Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, the movies Superman II and Chariots of Fire, recording songs on TDK cassettes, recording TV shows on VHS/Beta etc. The descriptions of the Falkland Wars and the recession are also superb.
I cannot believe Mitchell has written this when he is close to 40. The narrative really sounds like it came from a 13-year old boy. Mitchell has really put himself into the mind of a kid. He thinks and speaks like a boy, and that's marvellous. It's also very easy to read (I finished it on my flight back from New York).
Extremely funny and enjoyable. Love it....Continua
I'm now officially adding Black Swan Green into this prestigious list. If, these imaginary inventories of mine generated and gave out equally hypothetical awards, of course....Continua
It's a very good book. At least to me, when it comes to youth or growing up, this book is better than "Kafka on the shore" by Haruka Murakami....Continua