[Zadie Smith] White Teeth [inspirational Book] eBook



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 freefl

  2. says:

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

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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 greatness It took me until the final pages to figure out what was missing for me I did not genuinely c

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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

  5. says:

    There are parts of this book fully deserving of unadulterated love and veneration worthy of 4 stars in the least The fact

  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

  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

  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

  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 su

  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 featuring triumph in the face of great poverty and hardship” I hate these books But White Teeth turns o

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Free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð Zadie Smith

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 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 else all in the name of life affirming humour allegedly but gradually wearing you down Didn t anyone get sick of this apart from me I hear this kind of humour in current British comedy all the time When it s cranked up to the max and runs at 200 miles an hour it s great as in the recent political satire movie In the Loop recommended but when it s on a low leisurely level as in a big sprawling novel it just gets on my wick It might be a symptom of the cultural cringe I discuss a propos The Age of Elegance British writers can no longer take their country and culture that seriously they feel somehow that it s just not very cool and so their default attitude is self deprecation You don t get this in big novels about modern America American Pastoral We Were the Mulvaneys and The Corrections and Freedom spring to mind Franzen for instance uses humour all the time and excoriates large areas of American society but there s no perpetual undermining of his own characters for the sake of inexpensive laughs My head says I should like White Teeth but my heart says Zadie Smith was a literary ad man s dream come true For a good funny book about multicultural Britain see The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi For a great review of White Teeth which elouently puts the case against whilst trying not to see Ben s review herehttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshow Grass, Sky, Song 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 Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos uite literally giv 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 The Illusionists uestion of tone I have now tried to read this one twice and each time I find I m groaning O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, 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 else all in the name of life affirming humour allegedly but gradually wearing you down Didn t anyone get sick of this apart from me I hear this kind of humour in current British comedy all the time When it s cranked One for My Baby up to the max and runs at 200 miles an hour it s great as in the recent political satire movie In the Loop recommended but when it s on a low leisurely level as in a big sprawling novel it just gets on my wick It might be a symptom of the cultural cringe I discuss a propos The Age of Elegance British writers can no longer take their country and culture that seriously they feel somehow that it s just not very cool and so their default attitude is self deprecation You don t get this in big novels about modern America American Pastoral We Were the Mulvaneys and The Corrections and Freedom spring to mind Franzen for instance Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, uses humour all the time and excoriates large areas of American society but there s no perpetual We undermining of his own characters for the sake of inexpensive laughs My head says I should like White Teeth but my heart says Zadie Smith was a literary ad man s dream come true For a good funny book about multicultural Britain see The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi For a great review of White Teeth which elouently puts the case against whilst trying not to see Ben s review herehttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshow

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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 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 The Black Painting 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 Fire and Desire 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 The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox 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 The Illusionists 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 Planet of the Bugs unclever witticisms and tired plot devicesI could go on but I rather forget I ever read this Gah

Free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð Zadie Smith

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