The Fraud by Zadie Smith Review (Gifted, AD)

Hello Readers,
Thank you, Penguin for sending me a physical copy of The Fraud by Zadie Smith for free in exchange for an honest review. 

This is the first book I have read from Zadie Smith, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In this historical fiction book Zadie creates a world where real and fictional characters coexist together. I thought The Fraud was compelling and a thought-provoking read. One thing I enjoyed about Zadie’s writing style as she constructed the narrative that was effortlessly able to concentrated on an individual in a way that didn’t take away from the broader context of the story. Which adds an extra layer of complexity to the narrative I enjoyed.
This book is loosely based on the life of Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth. This book also draws inspiration for The Tichborne Trial, a notorious trial that happened in Victorian England that focussed on whether a man claiming to be the missing Sir Roger Tichborne was actually the real missing Sir Roger Tickborne. Zadie doesn’t shy away from the cruelties inflicted upon slaves in the colonies when relating the story of his life.
As The Fraud progresses, the complex relationship between real and fictional elements intensifies and I enjoyed every second. During this book we the readers get to explore the lies we tell ourselves and the shifting faces we choose to show the world. I love how Zadie showed numerous frauds in this book not only the small frauds of when people make fraudulent claims about themselves, but the larger scale of frauds perpetrated by society.
L x