The Story of My Teeth

“The Story of My Teeth” by Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)

Review

From a classic plot-driven novel to an unusual collective ‘novel-essay,’ the four shortlisted books for this year’s Summer Reading Group varied greatly in structure, style of writing, and point of view. Our summer readers also noticed a recurrent theme in all four of dreams and their many meanings.

“The Story of My Teeth” is an unusual book, which the author herself describes as a ‘collective novel-essay.’ Readers would have preferred if the Afterword had been a Foreword as they appreciated the book more once they learned of the idea behind it. Some readers struggled with the book finding it a little highbrow. However, others thought it totally original, entertaining and highly imaginative. Readers loved the narrator and enjoyed his quirky humour as well as the fortune cookie proverbs.

Synopsis

Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sánchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. And, of course, he is the world’s best… Read more

Nicola’s Summer Reading list 2016

“Sleeping on Jupiter” by Anuradha Roy (India) *
“Tram 83” by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo)
“The Story of My Teeth” by Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)
“Reckless” by Hasan Ali Toptas (Turkey)

* Best Summer Read
In italics, SRG’s Coup de Cœur

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