Zadie Smith

Swing Time: LONGLISTED for the Man Booker Prize

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Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either..

20 reviews for Swing Time: LONGLISTED for the Man Booker Prize

  1. SAMIR RANJAN SWAIN (Verified Purchase)

    Not as good as I had hoped. This had some interesting sections and was quite a good consideration of female friendships and rivalries. Zadie Smith writes well but I didn’t care much about the characters.

  2. Aslam Jameel (Verified Purchase)

    I enjoyed the book greatly. I’m not normally a lover of fiction, but since this was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017, I thought I would give it a go. The book explores the narrator’s search for a sense of belonging, something which Tracey seems to find wherever she goes, and something I think most readers will be able to sympathise with on some level or another. I myself saw some parallels between her life and my own.

  3. Rishabh Dev (Verified Purchase)

    Zadie Smith writes interesting books with awkward to like characters. I enjoyed the description of london during the childhood of the main characters because I recognised the atmosphere and references from my own. I found the connection to Amy irritating because the main character didn’t seem to listen, learn or evolve and instead spent the duration of the book treading water working in this sterile environment and not seeming aware of the world beyond her narrow needs.

  4. Prashant Kumar (Verified Purchase)

    Swing Time is not your typical summer reads. It has little hard to get into and harder to stick to especially in the middle. If you love reading prose that promises you insights about the society and the world as a whole accompanied by beautiful and strong writing – Swing Time should be your pick.

  5. Sachin kumar Verma (Verified Purchase)

    The first part was really good, second part was dull .Smith talked about a variety of issues, it was sometimes just frustrating.
    I feel it could have been a great book, but it missed.

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