Shades Of Words

Black Swan Green

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blackswangreenI immensely enjoyed reading ‘The Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell and was on the constant look out for another book by him. I spotted it at an airport bookstore on my way to Chennai. The title ‘Black Swan Green’ does not tell you anything, and I did not even bother with burb. If it’s David Mitchell it will be at the least good writing and I was not wrong.

The coming of age story of a British teenager with the Falklands war in the backdrop is one of the main themes in the book. You are initially disappointed because you wonder that why someone with so much command on  narrative would opt for the cliché ‘coming of age’ genre, but the book slowly reveals itself.

The story is about Jason Taylor who has the usual run-of-the-mill teen angst to deal with – a secret crush, being on the good side of school bullies, tiffs with older siblings and image management. Isn’t image everything when you are a kid – what people think of you, what is acceptable, what makes you a pansy..and so on. Jason sincerely believes that he will seriously be dead if his classmates found out that he writes poetry and has a speech defect. He would definitely be pronounced gay and that is probably worse than dying. And only if the adult world of his parents and relatives understood that. But Jason is special in probably being  a better person than his classmates, with maturity beyond his years, that finally helps him rise above these social inhibitions and become a whole person.

What makes the book special is that in every chapter you are introduced to a new theme  that makes the book for more adult reading. Themes deal with self-esteem , family foundations, social structures, the price of war, the price of  love and letting go. It’s a book that needs to absorbed slowly

Verdict : A good read


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

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