A Hipster Recommends

A Hipster Recommends: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

“… the life you lead is a midnight thing, always a hair’s breadth from the witching hour; it is volatile; it is threadbare; it is carefree in the true sense of that term.”

white teeth

Another one from the early days of my return to reading; a non-traumatising break from Bret Easton Ellis.

Zadie Smith won an award for this book and it’s easy to see why. Her prose flows beautifully and White Teeth is a pleasure to read. It’s multi-narrative but easy enough to follow. The story unfolds like a classy soap opera.

The book is about people, about lives. I have a big interest in people and the characters in this book could be real.

There is no big story, just lots of little ones whose roots twist together and form this novel. All of the characters are likeable and unlike the other books I recommend, there isn’t anything too disturbing. In all fairness the book begins with an attempted suicide, but keep reading, it’s not awful, I promise.

Racism is a common theme within the stories. The book is set in Britain and the characters are immigrants and British people of colour, aside from Archie, the first character we meet who is apparently white-British. Archie has my heart, he seems like a stand-up guy.

The prejudices are subtle in places, the children are made to feel like they don’t fit in. Western beauty standards make Irie feel that she must conform.

We look at England through the generations, through multicultured eyes in a multinarrative format. The view is via the older fathers, the teenage children. We see how women are treated and how the teens feel about growing up, they don’t share the same experiences despite being so geographically close.

Definitely worth a read, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable book that I find very impressive as a first novel. I wish I could write like Zadie Smith.


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21 thoughts on “A Hipster Recommends: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

    1. I’ll set a reminder on my Google account to check in. Google is the only thing I can envisage will last through the years! x

    1. You must read it! The book is a little thick but an easy enough read and entertaining enough for you to want to keep going x

    1. It’s really good, I hope you enjoy it too and I’ve not just bigged it up because I have terrible taste or something! X

  1. Hey, this is a brilliant book and Zadie Smith is a master of description. I read White Teeth about a decade ago but it is high time that I read it again. Pen x #RV&HT

    1. I keep meaning to read more by her. I’ve been collecting her books when I see them in charity shops but I have so many books on my ‘to read’ list I’m no closer to starting!

    1. There’s about half an hour after I put Greg to bed that requires the house to be completely silent. So when I put him down, I slink off to my room to read. Also I barely do any housework, that frees up a lot of time haha x

  2. Sounds like a good read. I’m more of a TV and film buff. I get my reading kicks from blogging. Should really take it up one day tho. I used to enjoy it before life got so busy and TV got so much variety and choice. I’m not that old! Lol


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