The other has ideas: about rhythm But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to... Zadie Smith means different things to different people. Some arrive at her novels first, like the ambitious family saga _White Teeth_, finding a self-assured voice that marked her as an immediate fiction talent.
Much of Swing Time is about poverty, parts of it take place in a remote West African village, and Smith seems to have decided that the subject called for a suppression of her comic gifts. Zadie Smith's new novel 'Swing Time' lacks a consistent narrative drive. Had Swing Time been a novel about how easily one's identity can get subsumed by daily proximity to someone whose light far outshines one's own, this might have been a more intriguing work but Smith frequently grows bored... A new novel by Zadie Smith is always an event.