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Número de páginas: 461 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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A New York Times bestseller
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty

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.

Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

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Twee vriendinnen uit een arme wijk in Noord-Londen dromen ervan danseres te worden. Maar slechts een van hen heeft talent. Het andere meisje moet haar droom prijsgeven, maar zal zijdelings in de wereld van de dans blijven als persoonlijk assistente van een wereldberoemde popster - een bestaan vol glamour, maar altijd de glamour van anderen. De moeilijke relatie met haar moeder confronteert haar bovendien met allerlei vragen over haar afkomst. Wat hebben muziek, dans en persoonlijke ambitie met elkaar te maken? In hoeverre val je samen met de geschiedenis van je voorouders? En wanneer is een mens eigenlijk vrij? De hechte maar ingewikkelde vriendschap tussen deze meisjes eindigt abrupt als ze begin twintig zijn, maar ze blijven elkaars leven op afstand bepalen. Swing Time is een oogverblindend, energiek en hartverwarmend verhaal over vriendschap, muziek en afkomst en hoe al deze dingen bepalen wie we zijn. Deze roman, die beweegt tussen de contrasterende decors van Noordwest-Londen en West-Afrika, is een exuberante dans op de muziek van de tijd. Zadie Smith (1975) is een van de grootste en invloedrijkste schrijvers van haar generatie. Ze publiceerde de veelvuldig bekroonde romans Witte tanden, De handtekeningenman, Over schoonheid, NW, De ambassade van Cambodja en de essaybundel Ik heb mij bedacht. Ze schrijft regelmatig voor The New Yorker en The New York Review of Books. 'Een eerbewijs aan de dans als verbindende kracht, vol indringende observaties. Een roman met een enorme reikwijdte en onvergetelijke personages. Swing Time heeft een bijtende humor, omspant bijna letterlijk de wereld en is een duizelingwekkende zoektocht naar identiteit, persoonlijke voldoening en liefde. Dit verhaal van een verloren en hervonden vriendschap gaat heel veel mensen aanspreken.' Booklist 'Een scherpe, met grote beheersing geschreven roman over de dans en de zwarte identiteit, van een schrijfster die zich vaardig door een mijnenveld van culturele vraagstukken beweegt. Smith verbluft met haar beschrijvingen en de ontwikkeling van haar intrige, toont wereld- en mensbeelden met de scherpte van een camera. Een ontroerende, geestige en belangrijke roman die de grote levensvragen aan de orde stelt met de sierlijke behendigheid van een Fred Astaire of Michael Jackson.' Kirkus Reviews 'Een sterke en rijke roman. Breed van opzet maar ook diep, vooral waar Smith haar briljante kijk op de popcultuur ventileert.' Publishers Weekly

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1328 KB
  • Número de páginas: 461 páginas
  • Editora: Penguin Press (15 de novembro de 2016)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B01D9H1Q2Q
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Leitor de tela: Compatível
  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
  • Avaliação média: 5.0 de 5 estrelas 1 avaliação de cliente
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Por John T C em 23 de novembro de 2016
Formato: eBook Kindle
This is my second Zadie Smith book, and like the first, it lived up to expectations. Written with a strong sense of dramatic necessities and constant action and interactions, it brings to life characters that are vivid and easy to relate to, especially Aimee and Tracy, the two principal characters whose lives the story is centred around. The story comes with insights and depths that we find in historical and family sagas like Disciples of Fortune, This was Man, The Godfather, Master of the Game. Swing Time is a must read.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Just not convincing 24 de novembro de 2016
Por A Reader - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa dura Compra verificada
I keep reading Zadie Smith thinking I must be missing something. Everyone proclaims her a literary superstar, but I've always found something lacking in her novels. In the beginning I found her to be undisciplined, unfocused, in strong need of an editor. She gave me a headache. Now I think the problem, at least for me, is that she lacks depth, although it seems on the surface as if she's writing about deep issues. In her latest revisit to NW London, her sense of place is indelible, but I found the drawn out story of an on-again-off-again friendship, and a subsequent friendship with a rock star, not at all convincing. In particular, the character of Aimee, the rock star, feels false. I didn't buy that relationship at all. Adding an EDIT here, as I think about this some more: one big problem is that I think Smith skates over characterizations without doing deeper work. The whole book is predicated on the idea of dance as a metaphor, but as someone who knows something about dance I found the writing absolutely lacking in anything resembling truth. The girls watch videos and talk very vaguely about dance, but there's nothing from Smith about their bodies, nothing about movement, nothing about discipline or pain or pleasure of dancing, no true description of what it really means to be a dancer. Just fake-sounding talk. Did she do any research at all on this subject? Equally, the references to old movies feel like that's all they are: references from research, titles, a bit of color laid in, nothing more. Smith clearly doesn't know what it means to be a singer. We get nothing of Aimee's music, nothing about who she is as a musician, nothing about a life dedicated to music, only a false conflation of Madonna and someone else maybe? And possibly the worst thing is the friendship Smith begins with, something that seems profound between two needy children, gets completely lost as she moves on. What happened to Tracey, exactly? Why did she go off the rails? What is wrong with her? She sketches what might have been the most interesting character without any completion, which is frustrating for the reader. Occasionally Smith's insight into someone's nature is described beautifully, with beautiful, lyrical language, especially scenes set in Africa (the most authentic scenes in the book), and I'd think, oh here it is, the high caliber talent that won Smith her accolades. But that feeling would slip away as I read on, as it always seems to do.
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1.0 de 5 estrelas Writing isn't focused; would NOT read this a second time 6 de fevereiro de 2017
Por The Boss - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Anti Climactic. Not convincing. The characters are not believable and their stories aren't well formed.
The writing isn't focused. I would not read this a second time.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A light dance over the complex topography of female experience and racial identity. 16 de novembro de 2016
Por Lucy Unwin - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa dura
Great dancers make the most complicated moves look effortless, and great writers have you swinging through their work like a dance.

Zadie Smith skips easily from London, to New York, to West Africa in her latest novel, without missing a beat. She tells the stories of myriad women, through the eyes of just one, with so light a touch you barely even notice. In fact, I’d finished reading before I realised we don’t even know her name.

Dance is the focus of the two girls central to this story: our unnamed narrator and her childhood best friend Tracey meet at a class in the church adjoining their estates. While one follows her talent to the stage, in the other, the lack of dance feels like a constant pressure waiting to burst out.
Our narrator ends up in a different part of the entertainment world. As a personal assistant to a Madonna-like character, she tends to her needs as she travels the world, and follows through on her charitable plans to set up a girls’ school in a West African village.

It’s an odd mix of subjects. That skip Zadie does - from childhood besties learning about and testing out loyalty, to the glib demands of a celebrity, to an intriguing and fresh depiction of Muslim life in an African village - it sounds weird when you describe it, but it seems so natural when you’re reading.

Perhaps because the central subject doesn’t change. And it’s not dance, it’s simply women.
Mothers, daughters, childless, trapped, free, vindictive, powerful, empowered, weak, naive, loyal, friends, frenemies, employers, politicians and subjects. Every shade of female experience under the sun. And every shade of skin.

Unsurprisingly, given Zadie Smith’s previous work, it’s about women, and also about race. Skin colour matters, if only because it matters to our narrator - the key relationship of her life is based entirely on matching skin tones, and her emotional crises are magnified through the lens of race. Africa, culture, cultural appropriation, history, the point where sex intercepts with race, the point where skin colour means a talented dancer is most likely to show up on stage in Showboat. All these are covered.

It’s not surprising then, given the two central subjects, that this is a subtle and complex work. But the delight of it wasn’t in the heaviness of the subjects Zadie dances over, but the lightness with which it’s done. The frivolous but vivid details of growing up in the 80s - the Thriller video and Back to the Future on VHS - spark a comfortable nostalgia. For me too, the details of both North West London and the music industry are delightfully familiar, as are, for everyone I’m sure, the aims and lives of the charitable celebrity and the emotionally fraught path of school-time friendships.

Strangely, by the end, I felt I knew too what it would be like to stumble around after dark in an African village, the lights failed by the shonky generator, but mobile phone screens casting a blue glow. Basic huts adorned by carefully rendered paintings of the Manchester United logo.

The skill, to me, in Zadie’s misdirecting steps is to make the alien feel as comforting and familiar as the places - physical and emotional - that you already hold dear, and to do so while you’re completely swept up in her dance.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas A mixed bag! 10 de janeiro de 2017
Por Suzanne NYC - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
I began this book with high hopes. The beginning is well-written and compelling. However, I found myself skipping chapters. The ongoing relationship of the two main characters I found interesting. The parallel plot line concerning the star performer/employer and their visits to the African village didn't hold my interest. For my taste, intermittently worth reading and a big bore.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Sad and unrewarding 4 de abril de 2017
Por mamasquirrel - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa dura Compra verificada
I am so sick of reading books where in the end you just don't care about any of the people in them. That seems to be a dominant theme in a lot of these Booker Prize listed books. I have now read a number of them and I can say Swing Time mirrors the others. A plot that never really goes anywhere, and unlikeable characters' stories woven in chapters in different times. For some reason this story kept me plodding through but with little satisfaction in the end. One person mentioned that we didn't even learn the heroine's name. That was purposeful on Smith's part, I am sure, as she never became anyone, never broke out of her bubble, was only defined by her roles with others. Sad and unrewarding in the end.
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