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White Teeth by Zadie Smith
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Aug 10, 08

bookshelves: british-fiction, british-fiction-since-2000
Read in December, 2007

It's hard to determine my stance on this book. Zadie Smith is clearly an extremely gifted prose writer, but on the whole it seemed like an excessively indulgent novel. It seems to me that big, maximalist, multi-family, multi-generational novels are best suited to American writers-- the schizophrenic sense of cultural, historic, social, and geographic bricolage seems awfully un-British, and so Smith comes off as merely trying to imitate a quintessentially American style. However, since it's a first novel, I'll cut her some slack-- her talent with style and dialogue is so masterful that I can't help but anticipate her future work.
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