Sunday, June 23, 2013

White Teeth - Zadie Smith

In short :
- More original than Smith's second novel, 'On Beauty', although I enjoyed that, too.
- More poetic than Jonathan Franzén, who writes high-brow bestsellers rather than immortal literature. There is the odd chance that 'White Teeth' actually might prove immortal. That is how good it is.
- More fun than Salman Rushdie, who also dabbles in beautiful language and convoluted plotlines, but lacks self-distance.

To finish, Smith's accuracy of tone is impressive, especially so as she, a young woman of 25, has chosen two middle-aged men as main focalizers.

Brilliant book!

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