Favorite Quote of Zadie Smith’s NW

21. Jane Eyre

“When being bullied Keisha Blake found it useful to remember that if you read the relevant literature or watched the pertinent movies you soon found that being bullied was practically a sign of a superior personality, and the greater the intensity of the bullying the more likely it was to be avenged at the other end of life, when qualities of the kind Keisha Black possessed– cleverness, will-to-power– became ‘their own reward,’ and that this remained true even if the people in the literature and movies looked nothing like you, came from a different socio-economic and historical universe, and– had they ever met you– would very likely have enslaved you, or at best, bullied you to precisely the same extent as Lorna Mackenzie who had a problem with the way you acted like you were better than everyone else.”
– from NW, by Zadie Smith

My favorite quote of the novel, it begins to speak to the complexities of enjoying and relating to cultural pieces like film and literature, knowing very well, it was never created with you in mind.

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