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This is my second time reading this book, and I feel that I could read it again and again. I first read this book in a post-colonial literature class and truly enjoyed it. Now, I find the book equally, or even more, thought provoking.
I wish there were more writers like Zadie Smith, but I truly cannot find one. The last time I read this book and On Beauty, I had a book "hang-over" and was left craving a similar narrative style paired with the literary depth. I wish Smith would write more books!
Humm... this is a difficult choice. I truly enjoyed the description of Trafalgar Square, where the statues (of Nelson, etc) face Westminster and Big Ben with their backs to the National Gallery. The text explained that only in England would people turn their backs on culture and look toward the future (or something like that). This is an interesting description as is deeply contrasts with the condition of the immigrant in the book; throughout the book, the immigrant families seem constantly tied down by their history and are unable to escape it. There are also allusions in this scene to the immigrant attempting to leave his or her mark in the country, but finding that, though he/she puts sweat and blood into it, the immigrant ultimately just makes a mess of things and is generally unsuccessful unless he/she assimilates into the dominant culture.
If they turned this book into a movie, I would be very upset. I think that the book is way too deep to be sliced apart and turned into a movie.
If you are not in the mood for a "heavy" or "deep" book, White Teeth might not be what you need at this moment. If you are an ex-English major that is fascinated by post-colonial literature and craving something thought provoking, then this is the perfect book for you!
This book is extremely well written! The story is also quite thought provoking! Download it!
Prof. Drout has presented the complicated structure of English in a way that is much simpler than a grammar textbook. However, he flies through things quite quickly, so it is important to pay VERY close attention!
I have grammar textbooks, but I am not sure if that is a fair comparison. This is presented in a way that is way more accessible.
I would absolutely recommend this book! I loved this book, and will now count it amongst my favorites. A lot of people seem unhappy with how the story is, for a long time, engulfed in mystery and only very slowly unraveled, but I think this is one of the beautiful things about this narrative. The reader's journey mirrors the journey of the main character. The main character, Kathy, is shrouded within a mysterious, unusual environment for most of the book, as is the reader. This slow uncovering builds a strong connection between the reader and the narrator, and I believe that this aspect is what makes this book a stunning work of fiction. If you, like me, read a book to build a relationship with a complex, well-developed character, this is is the perfect book for you! However, if you prefer to read books that are fast paced and action packed, this would not be the best download choice.
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