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...
  • Kristiana
    Mar 15, 2018
    Sometimes I finish a book and it leaves me so satisfied and in awe of the power of words to describe the world and our place in it that I wonder what I?m doing with my life. Why am I not always reading such wonderful books? It fills me with the ache of not being able to emulate or im...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Julie
    Feb 28, 2018
    Zadie Smith has a vast collection of published essays, which are collected in this wonderful book. Some topics may appeal more than others, but even if a subject may not suit the reader, Smith's writing is so elegant and thoughtful, that you can't resist reading- such as her essay on J...
  • Christy Childers
    Jul 27, 2017
    My most anticipated 2018 book! ...
  • 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...
  • Cristina
    Feb 22, 2018
    Feel Free is a phenomenal round up of Zadie Smith's articles and essays over the last ten or so years. Not all of the pieces were for me personally (highbrow lit critics, where y'all at?), but man, the ones that were really struck me down to my core. So whether you identify as a writer...
  • 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...
  • Pete
    Feb 26, 2018
    I love Zadie Smith's mind. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Erin Attenborough
    Mar 15, 2018
    Is there anything Zadie Smith can?t do? Following her last novel (?Swing Time? ? nominated for the Man Booker Prize, no less) ?Feel Free? is a collection of essays, ranging from the intimately personal to the critically topical. She opens with a nostalgic reminiscence of he...
  • Laurel May
    Apr 06, 2018
    Phew! I feel like I have learned. These essays were insightful and intelligent and beautifully written and basically solidified Zadie Smith as writer goals. I look up to Smith and with everything she publishes I?m inspired by her. I enjoyed all these essays even the ones I di...
  • 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. ...
  • Anne
    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...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Feb 25, 2018
    If there's any remaining doubt that Zadie Smith is one of the finest writers alive today, this book should settle the debate once and for all. Effortlessly brilliant, wonderfully compassionate, Smith's collected writings over the past seven years reveal the best of what literature and ...
  • Christine
    Feb 18, 2018
    Average of 2.5. Some essays were a 1 for me (no!); others, a 5 (yes!). Nicely bookended with what turned out to be my favourite essays, "Northwest London Blues" and "Joy" (my absolute favourite of the bunch), the majority of the rest of them - though it absolutely pains me to say it...
  • Lara
    Apr 02, 2018
    Zadie Smith!!! ? ? ? "Only the willfully blind can ignore that the history of human existence is simultaneously the history of pain: of brutality, murder, mass extinction, every form of banality and cyclical horror; no land is free of it; no people are without their blood...
  • Matthew
    Feb 27, 2018
    3.5 stars. Crossing over is nothing new. Writers dip their beaks in a multitude of mediums all of the time. The results are rarely as impactful or significant as the works with which the author is known for - Lincoln in the Bardo comes immediately to mind as the outlier to this half...
  • Rachel León
    Mar 12, 2018
    I love Zadie Smith and I love essay collections. I figured this book would be a 5 star read, easy. It wasn't such a slam dunk. Some of the essays are phenomenal and others I left pretty lukewarm about. I could've done without almost a hundred pages of her Harpers column, but overall ...
  • Liam Horsman
    Feb 20, 2018
    Is it hyperbolic to say that I rarely feel more sane and grounded than when I read Zadie? Given that I've read the majority of these essays in one medium or another, I expected to love Feel Free, but I was wholly unprepared for the emotional and intellectual force of encountering th...
  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    Feb 20, 2018
    There's enough here for any and everybody to enjoy! Brava Queen! ...
  • Kate
    Jan 03, 2018
    I highly recommend this essay collection! I loved getting inside Zadie Smith's head. She's so interesting and writes so well about a huge variety of topics. I particularly enjoyed her two essays on music (about Joni Mitchell and Jay-Z) but I also loved her essays on Brexit, Key & P...
  • 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...
  • Monika
    Feb 13, 2018
    This was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Reading this felt like having a multitude of genuine and intelligent conversations with Zadie Smith herself. This is only the second book by her that I've read, so while my opinion may change, for the moment I think that I find her no...
  • paulie
    Mar 18, 2018
    2.991 stars - - - i'm free! this was a struggle to continue the more i read. broken into five sections: 'in the world', 'in the audience', 'in the gallery', 'on the bookshelf', and 'feel free', this book covers eclectic material like christian marclay's 24 hr movie, the clock; mark...
  • Khush
    Apr 02, 2018
    Zadie Smith must have felt freer in writing this book especially in regards to the broad range her essays. There is no single theme that runs through them. There are essays that are quite ordinary, and somehow, I have expected far more intellectually stimulating stuff from her. For...