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White Teeth

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. 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

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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. 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 review off meaning to get to it and here I am finally writing about the book almost two years after I first read it I don t know if the delay points towards my sometimes best laid plans falling and failing or my anal need to complete the circle and check things off listsSeriously the book was fantastic I loved it It was a big hairy kinky ambitious first novel and Zadie Smith pulled it off I m not sure why I m reading so many novels McTeague concerned with dentistry and teeth lately A bit weird Anyway enoughI m glad I waited however because Zadie Smith seems to posses for England that same fresh breath that Lin Manuel Miranda exhibits with his musical Hamilton Sometimes a place is best described by immigrants to that place Sometimes the change that happens to a city or nation because of immigrants is hard to measure in the first couple years Just look at London now London has elected its first Muslim mayor This has to do with some of the huge demographic changes than with a super multiculturalism in London but it still isn t nothing I remember reading a short article in the Guardian a while back that pointed out that in regards to Muslim Hindu and Sikh the three groups share many areas in common but the Punjabi Sikhs in Southall and southeast London the Gujarati Hindus in northwest London and the Bengali Muslims in Tower Hamlets stand out most of all The Guardian I loved realizing the London of Pepys Dickens and Shakespeare was now a completely different place It was a place where the colonized were becoming the colonizers It was a giant geography of Karma and not in a bad way We often never fully grasp the bad and the good and the unintended of our decisions and policies I m pretty damn sure ueen Victoria and those who advised her and followed her NEVER saw this coming as they began the British Raj I love how White Teeth swirls and dances and dervishes with ideas of race identity and religious antagonism The book is a fiction of course but the competition between ethnicities even while the white majority loses their shit is not fiction Even though White Teeth debuted as the 21st century was dawning it painted a fictionalized but very real novel about the struggles America England and Europe are going through right now Think of Europe and America s reaction to Muslim refugees the hostility of the right to Barack Obama citizenship and race the fear that drives the radical right agendas from Hungary to Norway as Western Europe and Western Civilization loses gradually their majority lock on political and demographic power When the mayor of London and the President of the United States of America wouldn t have been allowed to eat in the same high brow London and New York clubs as presidents and mayors did 60 years ago it is kinda amazing to see how far we ve come However it is also humbling when you read blogs comments and hell just watch Trump on Fox News There is a certain shaded infinity of how far we still need to goAnyway back to White Teeth The brilliance of this book is Zadie Smith addresses all of this with humor beauty and narrative magic She avoids the twin traps of triviality and preachiness She spins a fascinating yarn that entertains while pushing the reader to grapple with the realities that were faced by Archie Jones and Samad Ibal in 1945 and the realities we faced when Obama was elected and the problems we all currently face Fundamentally I believe things become a lot simpler when we can view people as individuals Viewing Zadie Smith as an individual it is easy to see her brilliance her potential and her ability from her first book to play with the big boys of English fiction The future is already here and Zadie Smith is just waiting for history and the rest of us to catch up

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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. 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 care about most of the characters I did not feel sympathy for them or root for them or have my own ideas of how I hoped things would turn out This is likely due to the many many story lines at play in the novel story lines that span a hundred years in some cases But it still felt unacceptable to me that the book begins with one of the most intimate moments a person can experience though it is treated with humor and closes with an eually major event in the life of that same character yet we hardly KNOW this character He is a central presence on page one and the final page but he is lost in between While I laughed at Joyce Chalfen Alsana Abdul Mickey Magid Hortense and a dozen amusing and creative characters I felt no emotional connection to them at all The biggest disappointment perhaps was the disappearance of Clara s voice from the pages They remained though entertaining very flat to me The only character I sincerely rooted for and felt drawn to was Irie Jones Her story alone though it does not emerge until the second half of the book made the novel worth reading to meI was intrigued enough by Zadie Smith s writing to give her other works a try but I closed the book last night with a definite sense of a letdown


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10 thoughts on “White Teeth

  1. says:

    White Teeth is an expansive detailed and beautifully written attempt to encapsulate the social chaos that blosso

  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 groaning uietly and grinding my teeth Zadie Smith's omniscient narrator alas for me has an air of horrible

  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 who

  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 proba

  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 even worse the author tried to build up the characters in most cases though doing a poor job I'd s

  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? Ar

  8. says:

    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's about ordinary people doesn't make it believeable And just because I read it only a couple

  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 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 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 ot

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