mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
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White Teeth

I don't really have to jones after traditional English satire as exemplified by Anglo-Saxon Attitudes. Zadie Smith has it all in White Teeth. Unlike the traditional (male, mostly) satirists, I had the impression that Smith rather likes and sympathizes with her characters, with the possible exception of the elder Chalfens. Mind, it's hard to like the Chalfens, who are of the tribe Dire. But beautifully observed, yes indeed.

That said, satire, even gentle satire, isn't my favourite genre. Possibly I should never reread Jane Austen just for that reason. And grubby RL London isn't my favourite place either, unless accompanied by supernatural shenanigans.
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