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White Teeth by Zadie Smith
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Feb 11, 09


Since this debut work, Zadie Smith has become a British darling of the literary scene. Frankly, I don't know why. This is a post-war attempt of the intersecting-storylines-concept of "Crash," with the nonsensical scientific jargon of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Granted, there are two notably funny scenes, where someone dies after slipping on hair rollers at the salon, and banging their head on the shampoo bowl. There's also the humorous Dad of the twins, who protests most everything the boys' school coordinates for secular holidays. He vents his frustrations at trying to maintain a proper Muslim household as his sons wear black armbands to mourn the cancellation of the school's annual Halloween parade--a bizarre tradition to celebrate souless "wood sprites" as the Dad argues--the school officials cancelled the parade to pacify him.

I still don't understand the bizarre FutureMouse project. However, in the book, it has all the media hysteria and hoopla of Armstrong's landing on the moon. Or the birth of Suri Cruise.
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