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White Teeth by Zadie Smith
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Jul 03, 07

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Read in July, 2006

White Teeth was a clear testament to Smith's skills as a writer, powerfully intertwining the stories of families from different ethnic communities. Smith's colorful descriptions make every character come alive in the story. As she did in On Beauty, she uses as social and political issues as the backdrop for her thoughtful family portraits. The most impressive aspect of Smith's writing is her ability to tackle difficult social issues while capturing the subtlety of complex interpersonal relationships. The only critique I could give Smith for White Teeth is possibly biting off more than she could chew - creating a cast of characters that almost rivals Tolstoy while she insists of creating emotional depth for each character. It becomes slightly overwhelming at times, and competes with her simple, elegant descriptions. The fireworks ending that attempts to wrap up the complex, intertwined subplots is successful, yet slightly overwhelming as Smith solves the mystery (that the reader assumed to exist) of how these diverse characters and plot lines are related. Smith's talent was apparent in White Teeth, while it is apparent in future books (such as she does in On Beauty) she'll be better served simplifying her plotline.
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Sean No. End bad. Rushed. Silly.


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