This is a big book which starts on January 1st 1975 with Archie attempting suicide and being saved. He then goes to an End of the World party (the Jehovah's Witnesses had predicted that the world would end on that day) and meets a black girl who becomes his wife and by whom he has a child. The book charts the story of his family and the child and the story of his best friend (an Indian waiter who has twin sons) and WWII comrade with a series of flash backs. There is some wonderful humour and some bizarre goings on and the book gradually builds to another New Year climax. It is a fabulous read and I enjoyed it thoroughly ... until the ending which I thought was a massive damp squib.
The remaining puzzle is: what has it all to do with teeth? I know there is a pivotal incident with false teeth but it still seemed tangential.
If you like Zadie Smith you might also enjoy The Autograph Man but please read the wonderful NW and Swing Time
- Having reviewed over 1200 books on this blog, I have now written two myself. Motherdarling is a story about a search for a missing Will which reveals long-hidden family secrets. The Kids of God is a thriller set in a dystopia ruled by fascist paramilitaries. Both are available as paperbacks and on Kindle through Amazon. I live in Canterbury, England. I lived for more than thirty years in Bedford. Having retired from teaching; I became a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Liminality. I achieved my PhD in 2019. I am now properly retired. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. Follow me on twitter: @daja57