It’s hard to review a collection of essays – there’s not much you can really say without sharing the essays themselves. I’ll do my best to capture what I think about the collection as a whole, rather than referring to specific pieces, as this is spoiler-free and pre-release.
Firstly, Zadie Smith’s writing is very good, she writes beautifully, captivating the readers’ attention and making you want to read this whole book in one sitting. However, I think that this is a collection of essays, and that you could read them in different ways, for instance, reading one essay per day, over a longer period of time, reading one of five sections of the book or reading the whole book in one day. I read this on and off, and ended up reading around one section per sitting.
I really enjoyed reading this collection of essays, I’m a fan of sets of poems, anthologies and essay collections as I enjoy picking these kinds of books from my bookshelf and reading small excerpts, dipping in and out. My favourites were the essays focused on politics or media, because I found these the most interesting and engaging – probably as these are topics I enjoy reading about, whereas I didn’t enjoy the essays which discussed and commented on art etc. Some of these were interesting but the majority felt like a page-filler.
I would recommend this collection of essays for those who like dipping in and out of these kinds of reads, and would recommend reading this in parts. I will look out for Zadie Smith’s books in the future!
Let me know your favourite essays and why down below! I’m interested in what you all think.
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