- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Canada (Feb. 27 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067697497X
- ISBN-13: 978-0676974973
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Swan Green Paperback – Feb 27 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Any "whingers" out there won't feel comfortable in Mitchell's new novel of burgeoning and cruel adolescent boys in the rural but hardly pastoral England village of Black Swan Green. Heyborne, who performed one of the characters in the audiobook of Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, embodies the voice of 13-year-old Jason Taylor to perfection. His timbre is youthful and a tad reluctant, as might be expected of a teenager with a stammer who wants desperately to fit in with his rowdy friends. Jason's friends sound too much like Jason himself, but since they are viewed from Jason's perspective and since boys in a clique do tend to sound alike, the choices Heyborne makes are not problematic. The 1980s Worcestershire slang is more challenging, however. The addition of the letter "y" to words to form adjectives is somewhat "educationy," but it is sometimes hard to work through regionalisms that one cannot see in order to place them better. Although Mitchell's novel doesn't lives up to Lord of the Flies, which it derives from, Heyborne's performance is both compelling and compassionate, and the audio is entertaining and highly rewarding.
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FINALIST FOR THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE FOR BEST BOOK (Europe and South Asia)
FINALIST FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD
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“David Mitchell has created one of the most endearing, smart, and funny young narrators ever to rise up from the pages of a novel.... The always fresh and brilliant writing will carry readers back to their own childhoods.... This enchanting novel makes us remember exactly what it was like.” The Boston Globe
“[David Mitchell is a] prodigiously daring and imaginative young writer.... As in the works of Thomas Pynchon and Herman Melville, one feels the roof of the narrative lifted off and oneself in thrall.” Time
“[A] brilliant new novel.... In Jason, Mitchell creates an evocation yet authentically adolescent voice.” The New York Times Book Review
“Alternately nostalgic, funny and heartbreaking.” The Washington Post
“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.” Entertainment Weekly
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