Friday, 13 June 2008

Maybe I should get around to reading Zadie Smith sometime

On the train in to work today, I saw a woman reading 'White Teeth'. She was really engrossed, occasionally smiling to herself, and sometimes, almost subconsciously, running her tongue over her teeth, as if to clean them of any leftovers from breakfast.
A book that simultaneously makes people think, laugh and bring about a change in their behaviour - even 'Das Kapital' only managed 2 out of the 3 at any point of time. Maybe there is something to Zadie after all.


  1. Yep, White Teeth is a good book. I think I liked it better than On Beauty. Less angle, more fun.

  2. I look at the back of a book that has the word "immigrant" and "story" and I put it back.

    yes yes i shouldn't. bad habit.

    so apparently there's something called FutureMouse in this book.

    Sort of like Orwell meets Hannah-Barbera meets Jhumpa Lahiri.

  3. Hmm. I don't think Orwell is relevant. And it's funny, but not cartoony. And I haven't read Jhumpa Lahiri.

    But this is British, and British immigrants are quite different from their American counterparts.

    I had completely forgotten about the FutureMouse bit.

  4. Trying it out to see what it's about. Maybe I'll use it as a mini-blog for stuff I can't get around to writing longer posts about.