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“ Every moment happens twice; inside and outside, and they are two different histories. “ -
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'When she spots these big men, paddling frantically like babies, struggling simply to stay afloat, she prides herself on her own abilities, having taught herself to swim, several years earlier, at the Carib Beach Resort, in Accra. Not in the hotel pool—no employees were allowed in the pool. No, she learned by struggling through the rough gray sea, on the other side of the resort walls. Rising and sinking, rising and sinking, on the dirty foam.'
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It's #feministfriday and this week in #ourdaughtersdaughterssociety we're discussing women and sport in literature. I actually struggled to think of many books that deal with this theme in a meaningful way. A Google search for sport in literature brings up lots of books written by men and about men. I was going to talk about Zadie Smith's 'Swing Time' and her beautiful depictions of dance - and then I remembered this little gem, which I stumbled across in a charity shop last week. It has shuttlecocks on the cover, so I thought it must be a good starting point!
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What I found inside the covers of this tiny short form novel (only 69 pages long!) was an incredible narrative that speaks volumes in only a few words. While the story itself isn't about sport, both badminton and swimming are key symbols.
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Fatou is a domestic worker in a house in Willesden. She is mistreated by the family that employs her, has no personal freedoms and is denied proper wages. And yet despite it all she remains calm, confident in her abilities and takes solace in small moments of liberty. She steals guest passes to the local swimming pool from her employer, and her weekly swim becomes a symbol of her strength and her defiance. The water is also associated with baptism: for Fatou, swimming is a cleansing experience that washes away her cares.
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I've only scratched the surface of the themes of this brilliant little book. It deals with suffering, strength, race, identity, friendship, religion... You can read it in full on the New Yorker website, and I highly recommend that you do!
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Finally starting this! It’s been on my to be read -list since Christmas 2016 when I got it but better late than never
#swingtime #zadiesmith #bookstagram #currentlyreading #igreads #bookworm #acolorstory

Diamo il benvenuto in redazione a @ssimonadirosa che per il suo debutto sceglie di parlarci di un libro forte, intenso e che vorresti dimenticare per poterlo rileggere, #DentiBianchi di #ZadieSmith. Voi l’avete letto? Link in bio! #bookstagram #reading #readgram #literature

Book review and sleeping Jeeves... that’s my #friyay evening all wrapped up 💕

That’s lunch sorted! Just finished this rather marvellous novel by Zadie Smith who I am now a huge fan of having read On Beauty first and putting that in my list of top ten novels. Great interview in The Guardian today with Janelle Monae, who was in one of my favourite films from last year, Hidden Figures. All about favourites today! #favourites #favouritebook #favouritefilm #zadiesmith #swingtime #theguardian #janellemonae #hiddenfigures #teabreak #minieggs #flatlay

Óvænt gjöf á veikindadegi 🍒 #zadiesmith

#zadiesmith #zadiesmithswingtime #swingtime @kiwi_verlag #books #literature #bookstagram #whatiread /// "Beim Tanzunterricht lernen sich zwei kleine Mädchen kennen und werden Freundinnen. Beide träumen davon, Tänzerinnen zu werden. Doch nur die eine hat Talent. Die andere hat Ideen: über Rhythmus und Zeit, über schwarze Haut und schwarze Musik, über Stammeszugehörigkeit, Milieu, Bildung und Chancengleichheit.

Als sich die beiden Mädchen zum ersten Mal begegnen, fühlen sie sich sofort zueinander hingezogen. Die gleiche Leidenschaft fürs Tanzen und für Musicals verbindet sie, doch auch derselbe Londoner Vorort und die Hautfarbe. Ihre Wege trennen sich, als Tracey tatsächlich Tänzerin wird und erste Rollen in Musicals bekommt. Ihre Freundin wiederum jettet als Assistentin der berühmten Sängerin Aimee um die Welt. Als Aimee in Afrika eine Schule gründen will, reist sie ihr voraus und lässt sich durch das Land, in dem ihre Wurzeln liegen, verzaubern und aus dem Rhythmus bringen."

The best accessory is a book 👩🏻‍🏫 lol jks jewellery’s good

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Zadie Smith, on artistic transition, on inconsistency, on Joni Mitchell. #zadiesmith #feelfree #jonimitchell

The other day I finished reading On Beauty by Zadie Smith and immediately picked up Howards End by E.M. Forster, which it’s based on 📖 Now I just want to read Smith’s novel all over again! •



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About 30 pages left to edit in the novel before I hand it off to trusted readers. I've enjoyed this process way more than I would have guessed. When I need a break these are some books I am reading. I love that I can move between them each one inspiring me to keep going. I also hike a lot and listen to tons of new music. #inspiration #goodreads #writing #editing @roxanegay74 #zadiesmith @carmenmmachado @elizabethtallent @xhennyfromtheblock #georgesaunders #jamiequattro #denisjohnson #maggienelson

Dagens boktips! En fantastisk uppväxt- och vänskapsskildring. Om två flickor som växer upp tillsammans i norra London på 80-talet. Båda älskar dans, den ena har talang och den andra har idéer, och båda drömmer de om framgång. Om vänskap, rasism, drömmar och identitet. #swingtime #zadiesmith #boktips 💗📚

Love buying books in airports. Weekend in Belgium 🇧🇪 .
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Rainy day readings __________________________________ #whiteteeth #zadiesmith #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #bookworm #readingnow #booknerd

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