|∀ll over the map of Z.S.'s NW, the count of M.C. + a few other shades of gray
12 June 2020> Weave wanderd up far as Camden a few times, but that's about the xtent of our knowledge of northwest London. That's disclaimer #1. The 2nd disclaimer is that NW is the 1st book by Zadie Smith weave red... perhaps we shd of started w/White Teeth (wich we just got)? The 3rd disclaimer is that we got little patience for long rambling books (granted although it's 400 pgs it seams fluffed out by font size, spacing, etc. (+ the fonts + book design rubbed us wrong, wich doesn't help)) perhaps in part cuz of what Inurnet has done to our brain, but even in our pre-Inurnet youth we struggled, we failed reading Ulysses the 1st few attempts + only later (+ only cuz we wanted to finish our dead brother's book for him, which all hinges on Ulysses) did we decide it was important enough to invest the time + then we did the background research (which is sorta nessysorry for a book like Ulysses) so we cd understand what was going on. Zadie's NW came to us by chance, we found it a book box in our wanderings a few weeks ago + then all this BLM stuff reared it's head amidst a global pandemic + we figured the least we cd do is re-purpose our liebury boox for black books matter + now we're feeling the pressure to keep the boox populated w/ black-authored books so figured we shd read NW so we can put it out in our boox. The opening hook ain't bad + we kept reading to find out how it played out, tho it wasn't exactly easy reading, very Joycean in fact, speaking of Ulysses, but swap Dublin for NW London. Might even go as far as to say it's derivative, that Smith set out to write such a post-modern novel, not cuz it bubbled outta her naturally, but she wanted to do sumping diffrent, to experiment, wich NW definitely does... but does it work? Or is this just experimentation for the sake of experimentation, the type that gives experimental fiction a bad rap? If Z.S. was white (completely) we probly wd of abandoned the book after 50 pages but we kept at it for the sake of black books matter.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is another book we got for our liebury box in honor of black books matter + we thought we might try to read it until we saw how thick it was! Speaking of investment, take NW + multiply x 3 (1200 pgs + fine print)... fuck that, we ain't even gonna crack the spine. Them was diffrent times back then (1840s), before TV, when folks wanted long novels to pass the time. The Count of Monte Cristo was actually cerealized 1st in sum newspaper. And not sure his blackness worked for or against Dumas in those days (in France). Although Alexandre is technically only ¼ black, it's intresting to note that 'Dumas' is the surname of his grandmother (a Haitian slave) that his ½-black father chose to take rather then the name of his (white) father, wearing it like a badge of honor (or chip on his shoulder)(unlike the Natalie character in Zadie Smith's aforementioned NW who changes her name from Keisha in order to fit in in a white world)(Zadie herself changed her name from Sadie, tho she still retains her white father's surname (Smith) rather than her Jamaican mother's (Bailey). Oh, the intricacies of race, nothing's ever black or white.
13 June> And here's a few more going into our liebury boox:
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