Feel Free: Essays

Feel Free: Essays

Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself n...

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Title:Feel Free: Essays
Author:Zadie Smith
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:B073NNRSYV
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Feel Free: Essays Reviews

  • Molly Ferguson
    Dec 26, 2017
    This was an advance reading copy graciously lent to me. What is truly amazing about Zadie Smith is her ability to go from "low" culture to high art in one sentence - she'll be musing on Key and Peele or Jay-Z and suddenly launch into a deep discussion of Schoepenhauer, Berger, or Bu...
  • Lara
    Nov 16, 2017
    Just gonna say, Some Notes on Attunement is one of the best essays about music I've ever read. I know 100% nothing about Joni Mitchell. I'm sure I've heard something of hers at some point, but I have no idea what, and I've always sort of put her in this camp with U2 and the Beatles a...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 12, 2018
    It is an absolute joy and a pure pleasure to read Zadie Smith. With her wit, charm, and beautiful prose in this collection, she more than makes up for Swing Time. I love the essay and I love Zadie Smith and this collection is both of those at their very best. I've read all of Smith's f...
  • Laura
    Feb 23, 2018
    The range of subjects Smith explores is this collection is truly dizzying: from the personal to the political, the philosophical to the physical, Brexit to Justin Bieber, Phillip Roth to Karl Ove Knausgard. Here are essays about her neighborhood library, traveling through Italy with h...
  • Trish
    May 27, 2018
    The essays in this book have been published before, mostly in the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, but it is quite something to see and read them all together. One has the impression of a very talkative, precocious teenager who notices ceaselessly, has opinions on everythi...
  • Christy
    Jul 27, 2017
    My most anticipated 2018 book! ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 23, 2018
    So much to admire here. Interesting getting Zadie Smith's take on such a wide variety of subjects, up to the minute and written in her clear prose. ...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Jan 18, 2018
    My association with the works of Zadie Smith started somewhere in 2003, with White Teeth. It was one of those books that are actually unputdownable (I have always been of the opinion that terms such as these are nothing but marketing gimmicks). Since then, Smith has been one of my favo...
  • Autumn
    Apr 02, 2019
    4 stars because in a volume this big the impact varies. But overall, as a nonfiction writer, she is so under appreciated. Such a beautiful writer. ...
  • Diane
    Mar 12, 2018
    I absolutely loved this book. My first Zadie Smith, but not my last. I want to be her BFF. Her mind is lively, free-ranging, compassionate, self-effacing... I just love her! (By the way, I read this as an audiobook, which I highly recommend. The reader is great.) ...
  • Krista
    Mar 03, 2018
    Writing exists (for me) at the intersection of three precarious, uncertain elements: language, the world, the self. The first is never wholly mine; the second I can only ever know in a partial sense; the third is a malleable and improvised response to the previous two. If my writing is...
  • David Yoon
    Mar 27, 2018
    Zadie offers up a collection of her essays here but what's interesting it that she notes in the foreword that all of them were written during the Obama presidency and therefore a product of an already bygone world. An interesting prompt for an essay I'd wish she'd written as well. ...
  • Sara
    Dec 09, 2017
    I love her essays more than her fiction, and always jump to read a new one -- so I'd read about half of these before. And I'd read them again. She's brilliant, she writes beautifully, and has a charmingly open enthusiastic curiosity for so many different things -- art, politics, dance,...
  • Andre
    Nov 19, 2017
    ???.5 The standout aspect of these essays is the writing is always stunning. It is not difficult to understand why Zadie Smith is hailed in all corners of the literary world. There is an essay where she is talking about Joni Mitchell?s music and the passion rising off the page ...
  • Ellen
    Jan 28, 2018
    It seems there are two kinds of readers when it comes to Zadie Smith: those who love and admire her writing and those who dislike and are annoyed by it. I typically fall into the former camp: her gift with prose is deft, her intellect fierce, and I get a kick out of the characters she ...
  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 06, 2018
    I picked this up mostly to read her semi-famous essay on how she came to love Joni Mitchell's music, "Some Notes on Attunement" (New Yorker, 17 Dec 2012). Which is interesting and wide-ranging: from her parents' LPs through Kierkegaard, Tintern Abbey and other topics -- including Joni ...
  • Zohal
    Apr 05, 2019
    3.5 Stars Zadie Smith is very intelligent, and I liked how random the essay topics were. They were very unique, but some of her essays were too pretentious that I couldn't take them seriously. ...
  • Max Urai
    Dec 20, 2017
    So: Zadie Smith, it seems, has replaced David Foster Wallace as my new person-to-aspire-to-be writer. Some pretty major shit going on with that right now. More as the story develops. ...
  • Anni
    Jan 07, 2018
    This collection of essays spans a diverse range of topics: current events, music, art, books and movies, to name a few of the observations, covering both ends of the cultural spectrum. As an ex-librarian, I especially appreciated the piece on public libraries (?the only thing left on...
  • Anni
    Jan 07, 2018
    This collection of essays spans a diverse range of topics: current events, music, art, books and movies, to name a few of the observations, covering both ends of the cultural spectrum. As an ex-librarian, I especially appreciated the piece on public libraries (?the only thing left on...
  • Alanna Why
    Dec 26, 2018
    Even though I skipped a quarter of these essays, this collection contains the line "The boat was full of young British writers, many of them drunk, and a few had begun hurling a stack of cheap conference chairs over the hull into the water," thereby automatically gaining 4-star status....
  • Zachary F.
    Mar 13, 2019
    "Readers who prefer their ideologies delivered straight?and straight-faced?will find [Zadie Smith] a frustrating read. To [Smith] the world is weird and various, comic and tragic. If this mixed reality can't always be fully admitted while standing on soapboxes, sitting in parliame...
  • Julie
    Jan 28, 2019
    I just found a writer that I absolutely adore. I will read everything Smith writes from now on. I'm slightly embarrassed that I haven't read her until now. If you read nothing else in this book of essays and reviews, you must read the one on Justin Bieber. It's brilliant. Though, t...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Nov 30, 2018
    ?Writing exists (for me) at the intersection of three precarious uncertain elements: language, the world, the self.? I love this quote and I?d gladly write my own essay with that as the starting point because it?s so completely true. I really can see this idea in Zadie Sm...
  • Michael
    Nov 23, 2018
    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. A five-part collection of cultural criticism, personal essays, and political writings, Feel Free showcases Zadie Smith's versatile range as a writer. Smith takes on many topics, from Brexit and the pol...
  • Read By RodKelly
    Feb 20, 2018
    There's enough here for any and everybody to enjoy! Brava Queen! ...
  • Shawn Mooney
    Nov 06, 2018
    I did a fifth of this collection of essays on audio and came up against the same brick wall that makes me deeply dislike her fiction: she is so stuck up in her head that I don?t feel a god damn thing when I read her. I?m glad Zadie Smith exists in the world, but she is not a writer...
  • Roman Clodia
    Dec 29, 2017
    A mixed collection of essays: the best are when Smith is discussing issues of politics (the closure of public libraries, the Brexit vote) where she brings a personal intimacy to national questions. Less enticing are the 'musing' essays where Smith responds to artworks, books, or pl...
  • Lori
    Feb 24, 2019
    Read as one book it's a bit much to spend all that time in someone else's head, but enjoyed these essays. ...
  • Khush
    Apr 02, 2018
    Zadie Smith must have felt freer in writing this book. She deals with a broad range of issues. There is no single theme that runs through them. There are essays that are quite ordinary. I have expected far more intellectually stimulating stuff from her. For instance 'North West...