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Compare and contrast White Teeth by Zadie Smith and Anita and Me by Meera Syal Zadie Smiths White Teeth is about three different cultures and three families spanning three generations Characters include Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal best friends who spend their teenage years together and raise families in the Cricklewood area of London The novel follows their experiences in the war and later on the exploits of their families as they grow up and mature Anita and Me by Meera Syal is a semi-autobiographical novel about Meena Kumar a young Punjabi girl growing up in Tollington a small mining village somewhere between Birmingham and Wolverhampton It details Meenas desperate attempts to be accepted by Anita Rutter leader of the local in-crowd and her desire for a normal English life with fish fingers Fried And chips Anita and Me and White Teeth are the first works from the authors who are both English-born Indians They share a number of themes such as family relationships history language and dialect location and religion Family relationships in both novels are seen to be intimate and caring and the arrival of Meenas grandmother in Anita and Me demonstrates the ease and comfort with which the family lives I knew Nanima was going to be fun when she rolled backwards into the farty settee and let out a howl of laughter And similarly in White Teeth the loving family arrangement is portrayed in numerous places a very happy marriage shed be satisfied she would challenge anyone to show her a happier marriage than hers Relationships in White Teeth could also be described as somewhat unconventional because of the nature of the inter-personal relationships between some of the characters in parts of the novel f0or example the progressive relationship between the Iqbal twins and Irie Jones However there are also differences between the texts when considering the
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