Book review: White Teeth
- By: Debashis Singh
“Where are you from originally?” I don't know how many times I have been asked that question, usually by the elderly and confused, unable to comprehend that my little brown face could possibly emanate from these shores. Now, when asked, I lie and explain that I was born in the jungle, brought up by wolves and came over here to sit my GCSEs. To these people being “English” is equated with being white. Times have changed and we now, like it or not, live in a country (and a world) where the free movement of people has resulted in a “cross pollination” of cultures. This is the modern England in which Zadie Smith's remarkable debut novel is set.
The book reveals the lives of three “English” families that become unavoidably intertwined. Archibald Jones is a consistent, some would say boring, guy who ponders on life's great mysteries-such as the information