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  • Paperback
  • 448
  • White Teeth
  • Zadie Smith
  • English
  • 10 August 2017
  • 9780375703867

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 treatise on

  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 smirkiness like a friend who just can't help pointing out all the less than pleasant attributes of everyone e

  3. says:

    As many other reviewers have commented I wanted to like this book than I did It approached greatness in many wa

  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 review off meani

  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 imagined Indian Jamaican and Bangladeshi diaspora of white writers too reluctant to put in the reuisite amount of research

  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 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 indulgen

  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 I

  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 of months ago doesn't make it memorable Three stars because it might have been that good I've forg

  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

  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 m

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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 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 Indian Jamaican and Bangladeshi diaspora of white writers too reluctant to put in the reuisite amount of research for getting the most inconseuential tidbits right has much to do with it In addition Zadie Smith succeeds in keenly evoking their history language cultural ethos the stench of their festering old wounds inflicted by an undo able past and their bizarre hypocrisies making the leap across land and oceanic borders into alien territory exempted from being dissected by the scalpel of western reason in the name of minority rights There s the undeniable truth of centuries of conditioned servility hatred of the power which established the ground rules of the abusive relationship called colonialism and the unfathomable responsibility of bearing the burden of yesterday they can t help but reenaact the dash they once made from one land to another from one faith to another from one brown mother country in to the pale freckled arms of an imperial sovereign There s the Bengaliness of the family to be religiously guarded against the sallies of Western liberalism imminent dilution of the much treasured Bengali DNA in the gene pool staved off at all costs And there s war to be waged on foreign territory for another inch of land another notch up on the dignity scale for yet another step of the socioeconomic ladder Whenever stung by the prick of casual racism whenever thwarted they will go back to their institutionalized tendencies of seeing things in black and white and studiously avoiding mentions of a gray area they won t think twice before disregarding their favorite Gandhiji s famed An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind They will seek out the greener pastures of first world optimism but resist synthesis tugging at the roots of old grudges again and again so that the present and the now can be drawn and uartered on the altar of historyAnd then you begin to give up the very idea of belonging Suddenly this thing this belonging it seems like some long dirty lieand I begin to believe that birthplaces are accidents that everything is an accidentBut then there are the just roll with it parts which deserve no than 2 stars the cocksure and smug tone in which the narrator recounts this multi generational saga of families caught in the chaos of modern day materialism vs heritage the unrealistic often two dimensional characterization and the zany Britcom feel to the episodes which warrants a suspension of disbelief and gives rise to the nagging suspicion that this was written with the idea of a film or tv series adaptation in mind As much as Smith s light hearted tongue in cheek clever mockery of roots and righteous reliance on said roots for existential validation is absolutely legitimate and spot on it is awfully disingenuous to think roots can and should be so easily discarded Assimilation reuires time and the immigration conundrum will never be felt as acutely by second generation immigrants like Smith herself as by their progenitors This is where I prefer Jhumpa Lahiri s narrative voice her later works over Smith s no inflection of moral and intellectual superiority no pronouncing of judgement on flawed choices but a restrained attempt at humanizing all characters Since the 4 star and 2 star ratings are eually bona fide in my eyes a 3 star it is More so because I can t remember the last time a woman writer of contemporary literary fiction made me laugh so hard

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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 Can We Live 150 Years? 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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 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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