Autograph Man Zadie Smith

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Autograph Man  by  Zadie Smith

Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
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In her second novel, The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith has set herself the unenviable task of following up a certain segment of recent literary history. Her first novel, the bestselling, award-laden and much-hyped White Teeth wore its ambitions lightly:MoreIn her second novel, The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith has set herself the unenviable task of following up a certain segment of recent literary history.

Her first novel, the bestselling, award-laden and much-hyped White Teeth wore its ambitions lightly: an exuberant comic foray into the lives of three disparate families living in suburban north London, it dealt simultaneously--and deftly--with wider multicultural and political motifs. The Autograph Man has a similar ebullience and an equally dazzling panoply of characters.

Its hero Alex Li-Tandem is one of this generation who watch themselves, a Chinese-Jewish north Londoner who is first introduced as a child accompanying his father to a wrestling match between those two larger-than-life scions of 1970s Saturday afternoon television--Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks. When Alexs father dies in the pandemonium surrounding the pursuit of Big Daddys autograph, the twin themes of the novel are launched--one is the bereaved Alexs search for a replacement to fill the gulf, the other his obsession with tracking down, buying and selling autographs.

Alex seeks one autograph in particular and seemingly in vain--that of Kitty Alexander, a fading film star. The route he follows in his search has much to say about the nature of celebrity and the privacy of souls, of fantasy and reality--all narrated in Smiths breathless prose.The Autograph Man plays on many strands and clever observations--in particular Jewishness, goyishness and Zen Buddhism.

Smith is a superbly assured writer whose images stick in the mind- for example, Alexs girlfriend Esther has hair plaited like a puzzle. The dialogue is vivid and there is much humour but at times the convoluted plot threatens to spill over into anarchy and the humour can be self-conscious.

Though this does not diminish the entertainment value of The Autograph Man, it does--frustratingly--make it appear insincere. --Catherine Taylor



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