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White Teeth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    Flawed Characters

    Zadie Smith¿s writing style is without a doubt enjoyable. I laughed out loud. However, my opinion agrees with at least one other review listed here, and I quote the other reviewer because she says it perfectly, ¿if an author chooses to make certain cultures so significant/central to her work, she should at least try to present them accurately.¿ Her references to multiple cultures and religions are founded on shallow research if any at all. My advice to Smith would be to do the research by going to the source next time. Reference is made to stereotypical beliefs instead of actual truths about certain groups of people. Unfortunate for Zadie Smith, this would leave the millions of readers with those backgrounds or beliefs feeling misunderstood and misrepresented. If you are unfamiliar with the cultures and religions represented in this book you will certainly enjoy it. If you are Jamaican or if you have a background with or you are one of Jehovah¿s Witnesses you will find gaping wholes in some of the characters presented.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    stereotypes

    Great technique.Very well written.But ultimately disapointing.Loaded with silly stereoypes about asians in the uk.No wonder that Rushdie liked it.Must work on her empathy level before writing another book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    While I thought this book was well-written, the plot was dull. I

    While I thought this book was well-written, the plot was dull. It was
    difficult to finish as I was not interested in the story.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    TEDIOUS!

    Very disappointing to me......400+ pages carries more information than was necessary....redundant in parts.

    interesting characters but many too many.....each with a different agenda.
    missed a good deal as humor & idioms unfamiliar to me......unless i painstakingly read word for word.

    cultural comparisons quite good....more realistic than i would have thought.

    overall, a real jumble of motifs, places, time periods, characters...no easy flow or transition from topic to topic. a Book Club might find this feature perfect if ea member took responsibility for 1 area...then sharing might be beneficial.

    More enjoyable & worthwhile was ON BEAUTY by same author. I read that first so my expectations may have been too high for Smith's first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2009

    disappointed

    Excessive characters and plot lines made this book a bit tedious. There were parts that were beautifully written and the immigrant theme resonated with me, but Smith could have written 3 books instead of including so many stories, characters, and themes in 1 book. Couldn't wait for it to end!

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