November 08, 2011

Review: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White TeethWhite Teeth by Zadie Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The book, while well written, does not deserve the praise it was given in early reviews. What starts of as interesting, quickly becomes an "us and them" situation. The ethnic minorities dealing with the wealthy middle class who have all the advantages. At this point the book becomes over simplified. I won't say this is a life changing book, nor that it is worth the time spent to read it. If you're interested in anthropology and sociology, this book would provide an interesting perspective, but it is so far removed from what many of us experience, and because it is 'fiction', with all the problems relating to that, there may be limited value.

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