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  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 treatise on cultural alienation Fury Samad in particular reminds me uite a bit of Fury's Malik SolankaSmith does many thi

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    One star Of course this is not a one star wretched ignominous failure this is a mighty Dickensian epic about mo

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    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 gr

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    “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 g

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    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 imagined Ind

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    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 irr

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    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 t

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    Just because everyone says it's good doesn't make it readable Just because it has an 'ethnic' plot doesn't make it realistic Just because it'

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    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 th

  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 th

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Lective 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 existence 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 they black or white Or are they a little bit of everything Because of their duality they struggle to find themselves in the modern metropolis They don t uite know who they should be so they cling to and project ideas they are far removed from And it s all a little tragic to see such confusion They cannot escape their history any than you yourself can lose your shadow Every character Smith has conjured up here could be someone you d encounter in real life they are all very real people and they are faced with some very real problems However the issue I had with the novel is that we simply do not stay with them for long enough for them to develop We glimpse them nothing I d even hesitate to actually call this a novel it s like four loosely related novellas slapped together with a very small amount of glue to bind them It s close on collapsing As such this doesn t have a plot per say It s like four separate character studies And it does work to an extent it captures a large part of the contemporary space but as a novel it feels fragmented with little to no cohesion Some sections were better than others with characters who were flawed and interesting to read about To make this a little clearer I feel like I need to write four seperate reviews in order to talk about his book properly and rate each section differently I m not going to do that but I hope you get my point it s uite a difficult book to talk about because it doesn t feel like a normal book Smith followed a similar model in NW but that came together as it captured the city is what trying so hard to evoke whereas this feels very much apart I can see why many other users on here have chosen not to rate it It s a very powerful debut but I did not enjoy all of it A mixed bag for me Blog Twitter Facebook Insta Academia

CHARACTERS 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 give 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 in terms of these personalities that I feel she makes her biggest misstepZadie Smith is what I d call an Ironist I don t mean this in the Mark Twain Kurt Vonnegut Jon Stewart sense I don t mean that she s a comedian I mean it in the sense that the territory she stands on that her narrator in White Teeth stands on is one whose boundaries are staked out in terms of what she is not My friend Brandon commented below that Smith shows blatant contempt for every character except the one who is clearly based on the author While I understand where he s coming from I don t think it s contempt per se On the contrary I think Smith has deep feelings for most of her characters even the despicable ones like Crispin and Millat I think that what Brandon interprets as contempt is something far ambiguous let s call it detached superiorityThe Ironist defines herself through the process of over defining others Every character in this novel is over defined over drawn While this provides us with a great at times excruciating level of detail it also paints each of them into a kind of cage wherein all of their actions are predictable Each of them has a sort of final vocabulary cf Rorty that defines the limits of what they might do or say the doctrines of Islam and the Watchtower Society of PETA or clinical science In the worst cases their adherence to these vocabularies allows Smith to slip them into easy types see Mr Topps Crispin Joshua Marcus the various members of FATE Smith creates her authorialnarrative identity what s called a metastable personality by passively proving that she is not limited by such a final vocabulary and that in escaping their confines she has a broader comprehensive view of the social workings of the world This is generally speaking the goal of any omniscient narrator but the way that Smith goes about writing this one in particular imparts a certain sense of smugness the parenthetical asides to the reader the knowing winks the jokes at the expense of easy targets that isn t always presentThe metastable personality is the natural reaction to uncomfortability with final vocabularies but it itself is of course just as self defining as any of them albeit in the opposite direction It instinctually yearns for instability but prefers to admire chaos from afar rather than living in it The metastable personality knows that in order to maintain coherence it must remain stable and that the only way to remain stable is to balance itself on the disbelief of all known final vocabularies Smith writes off worldview after worldview but is of course unable to articulate her own because her own is simply the absence of adherence to any such worldviewThis isn t so much a criticism of Smith s work as it is an explanation of why it is the way it is and why it can be read as contempt

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S 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 se 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 going Then it ends in this bizarre attempt to draw all of the characters and threads together which totally fails as a climax I would have been irritated about this particular point but I was so happy I was done with the book I was inclined to forgive it than was deservedI truly don t understand what all the hype was over this book There is lots I can forgive especially in a first novel but there wasn t nearly enough here to convince me that Smith is a great writer who just needs some time to come into her own There were a few interesting ideas and notions but they were isolated and swamped by a thousand other boring ones not to mention cliches unclever witticisms and tired plot devicesI could go on but I rather forget I ever read this Gah