First Sentence: Do not set foot in my office.
Another great book from David Mitchell here, this one an almost straight forward Bildungsroman about Jason Taylor, 13-year-old school boy and chronic stammerer. Jason lives in Worcestershire with his mom and dad and Julia, his older sister. In Black Swan Green we are given thirteen chapters, each one representing a month in the year (there are two Januarys), and each one a standalone short story, much like the separate stories in Cloud Atlas. Yet again though when these stories combine they make for a thrilling and unforgettable whole. The writing, needless to say, is out of this world with page after page of glorious prose. We follow Jason through each month and watch him grow before our eyes as he deals with things as diverse as: going to see a speech therapist, being bullied, breaking his grandfather’s Omega Seamaster watch, trying to get his head around girls and watching his parents separate while Julia goes off to college. Every single chapter in this book is a gem, and like all David Mitchell novels it is a must read. Pick it up, read a random page, and it’ll probably be enough to convince you…
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