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Biting Prose

It is not until I’ve read half way through the book do I get into White Teeth. I have about 45 pages to go and this would conclude my summer reading challenge–one book every week between June 1 and August 31 with a goal of 12. This would be my 13th. Yay. From White Teeth, p.381:

“Deluded. Regressive. We are so convinced of the goodness of ourselves, and the goodness of our love, we cannot bear to believe that there might be something more worthy of love than us, more worthy of worship. Greetings cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time.”

Isn’t the prose biting and arresting? Full review coming soon.

3 Responses

  1. She’s good, huh Matt?
    As you know, I read On Beauty, recently.
    A recent TIME magazine had an article entitled “Who’s The Voice of This Generation?” [July 10th issue] and for THIS current generation they listed four choices.
    1. Zadie Smith.
    2. Jonathan Safran Foer.
    3. Jhumpa Lahiri.
    4. Gary Shteyngart.

    I haven’t read these other authors. So I can’t say.
    But it just shows me that I have a lot of reading to do.
    Your own current objective is ambitious.
    And you are succeeding at it.
    All the best to you.
    Look forward to your review[s].
    — Cip

  2. Yeah she’s talented, what a new voice in fiction. Do you like On Beauty? I was at Borders yesterday and saw the trade paperback was out. I’m thinking about it.

    Jonathan Safran Foer wrote Everything is Illuminated. My copy is still sitting somewhere around the house–I didn’t finish it because I couldn’t get into the book.

    Jhumpa Lahiri wrote The Namesake and a collection of short stories under the title The Interpretation of Maladies–they are up the bar of Zadie Smith.

    I have never heard of Gary Shteyngart–it’s time to go scour the bookstore again! 🙂

    Happy reading Cip!

  3. Congrats on completing your challenge Matt! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on White Teeth. I haven’t read it but it’s one of those that’s lingering on my TBR list.

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