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Black Swan Green

Black Swan Green

Black Swan Green
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Black Swan Green

by David MITCHELL

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ISBN 10
0340822791
ISBN 13
9780340822791
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2006 Sceptre/Hodder & Staughton hardcover first edition first printing with a "1" in the printing line. Light sunning on cover, pages already tanning a bit from the cheap paper UK publishers use, else text clean, binding tight.

Synopsis

Black Swan Green is a semi-autobiographical bildungsroman written by David Mitchell. It was published in April 2006 in the U.S. and May 2006 in the UK. The novel's thirteen chapters each represent one month -- from January 1982 through January 1983 -- in the life of 13-year-old Worcestershire boy Jason Taylor. The novel is written from the perspective of Taylor and employs many teen colloquialisms and popular-culture references from early-1980s England.

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On Mar 26 2014, CloggieDownunder said:
Black Swan Green is the 4th novel by David Mitchell. It describes a year in the life of Jason Taylor, an intense, thoughtful but stammering thirteen-year-old budding poet living in darkest Worcestershire. Set in 1982, this is a very realistic rendition of the anxieties and challenges faced by teenagers in the early eighties. Each chapter details the events of one or more days in the months of that year. Through the beautiful prose of his narration, we join Jason in boyish adventures and coming-of-age rituals (first cigarette, initiation rites, first kiss), and we learn of his ambitions (poetry, forestry) and his anxieties (stammering, the Falklands war, his parents’ relationship, girls). In that time of life when image is all important and peer pressure is strong, Jason tries to navigate a path that does not betray his values and ambitions but doesn’t damage his credibility or make him look “too gay”. Jason’s relationship with his family and his true friends is heartwarming and the poet hidden inside the young man is apparent in his thoughts and descriptions. Ultimately, he finds the courage he needs to face his demons. His naiveté, observations and occasional ignorance make for many laugh-out-loud moments, but the scariest thing about this novel was that I knew all the songs and artists mentioned from first appearance. This coming-of-age novel is at least as good as Jasper Jones. A dazzling read.

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Bookseller
Dave's Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
6584
Title
Black Swan Green
Author
David MITCHELL
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Quantity Available
1
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0340822791
ISBN 13
9780340822791
Publisher
Sceptre
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
2006

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