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Swing Time
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Swing Time
Dança, rivalidade, música e poder ao ritmo do nosso tempo.Duas raparigas mestiças sonham ser dançarinas – mas apenas uma, Tracey, tem talento. A outra tem ideias: sobre ritmo e tempo, sobre corpos negros e música negra, sobre o que constitui uma tribo ou torna uma pessoa verdadeiramente livre. É uma amizade de infância, forte mas complicada, que termina abruptamente aos vinte e poucos anos, para nunca mais ser revisitada, mas também nunca ser completamente esquecida.Tracey chega a dançarina de teatro musical, mas debate-se com a vida adulta, enquanto a amiga vira costas ao velho bairro e percorre o mundo como assistente pessoal de uma cantora famosa, Aimee, observando de perto como vivem as pessoas mais ricas do mundo.Mas quando Aimee adquire grandiosas ambições filantrópicas a história muda-se de Londres para a África Ocidental, aonde os turistas da diáspora acabam por regressar em busca das suas raízes, onde os jovens arriscam a vida na fuga para um futuro diferente, as mulheres dançam exatamente como Tracey – os mesmos requebros, os mesmos meneios – e as origens de uma desigualdade profunda não são uma questão de história longínqua, mas sim uma dança atual, ao som da música do nosso tempo.Vertiginosamente enérgico e profundamente humano, Swing Time é uma história sobre amizade, música e raízes obstinadas, sobre como somos moldados por essas coisas e como podemos sobreviver-lhes.
Dança, rivalidade, música e poder ao ritmo do nosso tempo.Duas raparigas mestiças sonham ser dançarinas – mas apenas uma, Tracey, tem talento. A outra tem ideias: sobre ritmo e tempo, sobre corpos negros e música negra, sobre o que constitui uma tribo ou torna uma pessoa verdadeiramente livre. É uma amizade de infância, forte mas complicada, que termina abruptamente aos vinte e poucos anos, para nunca mais ser revisitada, mas também nunca ser completamente esquecida.Tracey chega a dançarina de teatro musical, mas debate-se com a vida adulta, enquanto a amiga vira costas ao velho bairro e percorre o mundo como assistente pessoal de uma cantora famosa, Aimee, observando de perto como vivem as pessoas mais ricas do mundo.Mas quando Aimee adquire grandiosas ambições filantrópicas a história muda-se de Londres para a África Ocidental, aonde os turistas da diáspora acabam por regressar em busca das suas raízes, onde os jovens arriscam a vida na fuga para um futuro diferente, as mulheres dançam exatamente como Tracey – os mesmos requebros, os mesmos meneios – e as origens de uma desigualdade profunda não são uma questão de história longínqua, mas sim uma dança atual, ao som da música do nosso tempo.Vertiginosamente enérgico e profundamente humano, Swing Time é uma história sobre amizade, música e raízes obstinadas, sobre como somos moldados por essas coisas e como podemos sobreviver-lhes.
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    Starred review from August 1, 2016
    At a dance class offered in a local church in London in the early 1980s, two brown girls recognize themselves in one another and become friends. Tracey has a sassy white mum, a black father in prison, and a pink Barbie sports car. The other girl, the narrator of Smith's (NW) powerful and complex novel, remains unnamed. Although she lives in the same public housing as Tracey, she's being raised among books and protests by an intellectual black feminist mother and a demure white father. As with Smith's previous work, the nuances of race relations are both subtle and explicit, not the focus of the book and yet informing every interaction. The girls both love dancing, but this commonality reflects their differences more than their similarities. Whereas Tracey's physical grace is confident and intuitive, the narrator is drawn to something more ephemeral: "a dancer was a man from nowhere, without parents or siblings, without a nation or people, without obligations of any kind, and this was exactly the quality I loved," she thinks. The book tracks the girls as they move in different directions through adolescence and the final, abrupt fissures of their affection; it also follows the narrator into adulthood, where she works for a decade as the personal assistant to a world-famous (white) pop star named Aimee. In this role, she's able to embody what she admired about dancers as a child: she travels constantly, rarely sees her mother, and has lost touch with everyone other than her employer. Once Aimee begins to build a girls' school in an unnamed Muslim West African country, the novel alternates between that world and the London of the girls' youth. In both places, poverty is a daily struggle and the juxtaposition makes for poignant parallels and contrasts. Though some of the later chapters seem unnecessarily protracted, the story is rich and absorbing, especially when it highlights Smith's ever-brilliant perspective on pop culture. Agent: Georgia Garrett, Rogers, Coleridge and White.

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