Monday, June 30, 2014

recent reads // the (some from) june edition

hello friends-- June has been hectic, but exams are done, and school is out! I hope to be reading a little more often. For now, here are two books from the month of June

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver

These short stories are snappy, but incredibly insightful into American culture. Carver, with his power for accessible and understated prose, conveys so much with just a few brush strokes. My personal favorites were "Gazebo," "The Bath" and "Tell The Women I'm Going." It's often hard to place how these stories manage to be so emotionally powerful and affecting with such sparse prose, but they do just that. The little stories in this collection are novels in their own right, and, as all good books should, leave you with more questions than answers.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth is a novel based off the improbable and contrasting friends Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones,  who bonded over their time spend serving together during World War II. This book is difficult to summarize because was almost an epic, spanning generations. It seemed to add in little details and stories for every character, not just the main ones. Even casual passers-by on the street got their own backstory. In this manner, I found that White Teeth was dragged down by its descriptive strength, almost laden with detail. The climax came down to the very last page, and thus felt unsatisfying. Still, it was incredibly clever, and Smith is a deft and funny writer. I think I would have gotten a lot more out of this book if I had had a vested interest in London and immigration to the United Kingdom.


  1. I've been meaning to read WWTAWWTAL for so long it's ridiculous, perpetually on the top of my reading list, but this might have pushed me over that metaphorical edge and I think I'll be picking it up soon.

    1. It is so! good! wow! Yes, it's a Dead Old White Man Classic but it definitely exceeded my expectations :D let me know what you think!