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Selective submission to his Islamic faith Set against London’s racial and cultural tapestry venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life flirting with disaster confounding expectations and embracing the comedy of daily existen. Oh Zadie Smith be still my beating heart I devoured this fabulous novel Smith is truly a master of plot and her ability to capture the voices of each individual character is inspirational Never before have I read a novel which such a rich and diverse dramatis personae I fear that this review is going to become a list of superlatives so I ll uell it here by saying I loved this and I need to read Smith now

SUMMARY White Teeth

White Teeth

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends Archie Jones and Samad Ibal Hapless veterans of World War II Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation A second marriage to Clara Bowden a beautiful albeit tooth challenged Jamaican half his age uite literally giv. White Teeth is an expansive detailed and beautifully written attempt to encapsulate the social chaos that blossoms at the bridging of generational national and sexual mindsets It reminds me very much of the freeflowing histories written by Maruez and Allende as well as Salman Rushdie s strange little one off treatise on cultural alienation Fury Samad in particular reminds me uite a bit of Fury s Malik SolankaSmith does many things well She has a serious ear for dialogue and accent she knows how to manage the flow and pacing of a story and she s uite skilled at employing large concepts genetic manipulation immigrant psychology the concept of history itself both as fact and as metaphor Her cast of characters is varied and nearly every one of them comes off as a fully flesh and blood human being However it s

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Es Archie a second lease on life and produces Irie a knowing child whose personality doesn’t uite match her name Jamaican for “no problem” Samad’s late in life arranged marriage he had to wait for his bride to be born produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Ibal’s every effort to direct them and a renewed if. This book started bad for me and just got worse I found the characters to be boring and two dimensional Actually even worse the author tried to build up the characters in most cases though doing a poor job I d say but then later reduced their roles to caricatures So even those I was inclined to like wound up irritating me every time they opened their mouthsFurther Smith s style is all over the place At times I found it indulgent and pretentious others fawningly resembling other authors and the style would sometimes change abruptly from one paragraph to the nextI find what what often at least partially redeems books like this is an interesting plot Not so in White Teeth There s no real story arc to hold the book together The plot kind of twisted along for a while and I couldn t really tell where it was goi


10 thoughts on “White Teeth

  1. says:

    White Teeth is an expansive detailed and beautifully written attempt to encapsulate the social chaos that blossoms at the bridging of generational national and sexual mindsets It reminds me very much of the freeflowing histories written by Maruez and Allende as well as Salman Rushdie's strange little one off t

  2. says:

    One star? Of course this is not a one star wretched ignominous failure this is a mighty Dickensian epic about modern Britain But not for me It's a uestion of tone I have now tried to read this one twice and each time I find I'm groa

  3. says:

    As many other reviewers have commented I wanted to like this book than I did It approached greatness in many ways the clever and often hilarious dialogue the uirky characters the creative family histories the rich and convincing place descriptions and so on Despite the strengths of each of these parts as a whole the book fell far short of greatness It took me until the final pages to figure out what was missing for me I did not genuinely

  4. says:

    “the wicked lie that the past is always tense and the future perfect” ― Zadie Smith White TeethI planned on writing my full review of this book a couple days after I read it in October of 2014 I was afraid however if I wrote it immediately it would be too sappy too indulgent too full of praise I would probably just go on and on and you all might think I was in love or something So like I am want I put the

  5. says:

    There are parts of this book fully deserving of unadulterated love and veneration worthy of 4 stars in the least The fact that the real Indian Jamaican and Bangladeshi diaspora are reproduced here and not the im

  6. says:

    This book started bad for me and just got worse I found the characters to be boring and two dimensional Actually e

  7. says:

    The last time I read a book with this much narrative confidence power and authority was back in January when I tackled Midnight’s Children It's rare that a book comes with a voice this strong Like Rushdie’s novel Smith creates a present that is pervaded by the past Her characters are very aware of their ancestry and they really struggle to reconcile with it in the modern world Are they Indians? Are they British? Are

  8. says:

    Just because everyone says it's

  9. says:

    Oh Zadie Smith be still my beating heart I devoured this fabulous novel Smith is truly a master of plot and her ability to capture the voices of each individual character is inspirational Never before have I read a novel which such a rich and diverse dramatis personae I fear that this review is going to become a list of superlatives so I'll uell it here by saying I loved this and I need to read Smith now

  10. says:

    I'm about a decade late to Zadie Smith's White Teeth one of those books friends recommended or I picked up at the library then put back and moved on to a different title My reticence to read the novel revolved around the plethora of book clubby texts that could best be classified as “somewhat patronizing novels about other cultures featurin

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