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clarsen's picture

The romantic relationships in Zadie Smith’s NW sparked my interest.  The novel focuses mainly on ones between Felix and Annie, Leah and Michel, and Natalie and Frank.  Each is very complicated and filled with unique problems that revolve around common problems such as money and children.  These characters make impulsive mistakes, judgments, and decisions that only hurt them in the long run.  What confused me most was definitely Natalie’s listings and Leah’s relationship with Michel.  Many times Leah speaks down to Michel and seems embarrassed by his poor English especially when surrounded by others.  Their relationship is one of the most interesting ones as they are so different, not just based on race and culture.  Their interests are completely divergent and neither are honest with one another.