Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski

Swimming in the Dark

Tomasz Jedrowski

fiction historical lgbtqia+ challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

208 pages | first published 2020

Description

Set in early 1980s Poland against the violent decline of communism, a tender and passionate story of first love between two young men who eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the political divide—a stunningly poetic and heartrending lit...
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Moods

emotional 91%
reflective 72%
sad 68%
challenging 18%
tense 15%
dark 12%
hopeful 12%
informative 11%
inspiring 10%
adventurous 5%
relaxing 2%
funny 1%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

medium 58%
slow 23%
fast 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 76% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 2%

Strong character development?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 7% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 59% | It's complicated: 29% | No: 8% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 45% | Yes: 26% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 58% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 12% | N/A: 4%

Average rating

4.18