I was told this book was REALLY funny and a quick read. I am an avid reader and my husband is British and still I had a difficult time getting into this book at first ... but the last third was difficult to put down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened and how it ends. I found myself constantly asking my husband ... what does this word mean? What does this phrase mean? And after being married for 10 years, I know A LOT of the slang!! I think if you didn't have some knowledge in this (because there were a lot of the phrases and words that I did know) that you might find it a hard read and you might lose a lot of the dry British humour.
I will definitely read her other released book called The Autograph Man though ...
I enjoyed this book (it came highly reccomended by an English professor). Common themes of humanity (love, loss and friendship) in a integrative and multicultural setting are seen in a story (or series of stories) that spans several generations.
A fun, often hilarious, read that provides a sober look at hot button issues of the day like racism, sexism, bigotry, religious fanaticism, and charlatanism in science. Highly recommended for thoughtful readers who would help figure out how the novel got its title.
This book is one of the Time's 100 greatest English-Language novels, thats how I got my hands on it. I enjoyed it from the moment I picked it up but the whole time was wondering where it was going. Zadie smite is smart, witty, and has a way with words that makes you want to keep reading. Although I'm still not sure what she was trying to say I really enjoyed the ride.
A wonderfully comic novel of life in a working class, immigrant section of London told through the lives of Archie Jones, his wife Clara, their daughter Irie and an assorted cast of friends and relatives. Amazingly, the gifted author was only twenty-five year old when she published it. It won many prizes including the Whitbread First Novel Award.
Zadie Smith's debut novel made sense to me until the last few chapters. I thought I was reading an expansive, witty, but serious novel about finding one's place in late twentieth-century mutlicultural Britian. Centered around two army buddies who served together at the close of WWII, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal, the narrative initially focused on one quirky character at a time, and slowly expanded to include their younger wives and resultant children. I really enjoyed the depth of Smith's characterizations and her wit while dealing with profound themes while weaving through various timelines, but then it felt as the web of characters was spinning tighter and tighter towards one event on New Year's Eve, 1999, but abruptly stops, leaving me wondering "what was that all about?" Nonetheless, I'm glad the list of 1001 books you must read before you die led me to this read, which, as Salman Rushdie aptly said, has "bite."
I have not enjoyed a book as much as I have enjoyed this one for a long time. (I read 1-4 novels a week). Zadie Smith is an incredible writer, who can be poignant and hilarious on the same paragraph. A great story of immigrants to England, their relationships, family development and lives that intertwine with the absurdity of life in the west. I cannot say enough of my admiration for this young writer. I sure hope she writes many many more.