White teeth by Zadie Smith

About the book

White Teeth is a comic epic of multicultural Britain by one of the most exciting young writers of 2000. It tells the story of immigrants in England over a period of 40 years.

Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A Theatre and Literature Group

This book was received with the predictable range of reactions our group after some five years together can be relied upon to produce. for a few swearing is still a near no-no, for some immigrant culture is ever alien; both topics provided excellent discussion material. The book was generally enjoyed but it was felt that it would have benefited from some rigid editing. The plot line was not strong enough to sustain interest for what is a long novel despite the excellent handling of dialogue and comic take on unfunny situations. An author worth following.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “White teeth by Zadie Smith”

  1. Review by U3A Book Group 4
    Very mixed opinions. The characters did not develop and the book did not hold our group’s attention.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Everton Reading Group
    Rather overlong and complicated. could take or leave Zadie Smith but recognised her command of language and story weaving skill. Here research into WW2 and ethnic awareness are faultless. A complicated book not “enjoyed” but respected.
    Star rating: **+

  3. Review by Lymington U3A
    Narrative which was absorbing and carried you along. Very expressive. Great command of language. Challenging rather than relaxing.
    Star rating: ***

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