Friday May 29, 2020

Smith loses her way in a maze of her own talents

NW by Zadie Smith. Penguin, €16.35. Reviewed by Nadine O'Regan.

1st September, 2012
Zadie Smith: NW shows flashes of her skill as a writer, but ultimately goes nowhere. Photo: Getty

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Expectations were always going to be high for a new novel from Zadie Smith. The wunderkind author of White Teeth, published when she was a jaw-dropping 24 years old and penned while she was still a student at Cambridge University, Smith has blazed a trail in contemporary fiction, and. At 36 she remains significant not simply for the speed of her journey to the top, but for the pearl-bright lustre of her shapeliest work.

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