Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

by Zadie Smith
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Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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mfcufc More than 1 year ago
This collection of essays, speeches and writings from Zadie Smith is designed to make you take a look at the world in a different way. Her literary essays make you rethink your opinions and readings of Nabokov, Kafka, Dostoevsky, Kingsley Amis and Larkin. Having this book on audio takes the hard work out of reading some of the more erudite essays, instead they wash over you leaving you with a far richer impression than if you were reading them yourself, dictionary at hand for disruptive delvings to explain some of the more gothic language she uses. This use of language seems to suggest that this comes from someone else, not the self of the author. She is on much more familiar terms when she talks about her own writing - suddenly the language becomes less structured, freer and we are reaquainted with the author we know, rather than the lecturer we have not met. In the end, we are left with a feeling of someone who understands the theory of writing but is more at home with the craft, preferring the micro-management of writing to the macro-planning. For this we, her readers, are eternally grateful.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of essays that give you a chance to befriend the author. The book is divided into four sections that are: Reading, Being, Seeing and Feeling. Reading this book made me look at some things a little differently. I started understanding things that I never understood before. At the same time, I was forced to rethink some of my own thoughts because I saw them from a different perspective. If you like to dig deep down and think about the meaning behind life, this is the perfect book to sit down with.