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Today I’m going to be doing a book review on The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli.
Valeria Luiselli is a Mexican and Italian author who was born in Mexico.
And this story was actually a collaboration that she did with a bunch of factory workers that are down in Mexico City.
She sort of like collaborated with them to get the story and to write it all and things like that.
So it was very interesting when I found that out.
In this book you are following this many who sort of later on in life becomes an auctioneer and becomes obsessed with collecting the teeth of famous people, or “the teeth of famous people”.
Whether or not they actually belong to the famous people is kind of gray.
And so he becomes this auctioneer who travels around the world selling his own possessions to be able to acquire these teeth.
Which is just like the base of the story itself.
There’s a lot more happening in this book but I don’t want to talk about that because I feel like part of what is so enjoyable about this book is the unique sort of format that’s happening here.
I read the whole thing in one sitting in like one evening.
And I highly recommend that anyone else who picks this up do something similar.
Pick up this book when you have like a full evening to sort of devote to reading and to get through this book because I think that the format sort of lends itself to that one sitting style.
The way this book is set up is that you sort of see like a small detail of what’s going on and then with each chapter or section your scope gets a little bit wider and a little wider.
And you’re seeing sort of the same story over and over again but you’re getting more details and more perspective on what’s actually happening in the situation.
So what you think the story is about in the beginning and what you see what the story is actually about at the end are similar but two also different things.
This book is definitely a page turner, at least it was for me, because it has that sort of, I don’t want to say mysterious, but there is this story of like intriguing aspect happening in here.
Because you get sort of like this small sample at the beginning and you’re like, OK.
And then you see a little bit more and you’re like, OK there’s clearly a lot more happening here and you keep going and you keep going to see sort of like what new details you’re going to get every time you read a new section.
And so it keeps the pages turning.
And so I feel like that in and of itself is a credit to this book.
There is like a level of pretentiousness that is happening in this book that I’m never really a big fan of.
I mean, you can debate all you want about what is pretentious and whether or not there is any value in those things.
But personally I’m always just slightly just put off by those things.
Maybe I’m just sort of like the anti-snob.
So whenever I sense any sort of snobbery around a book I already like cringe a little bit.
But it was a delightful read and I feel like docking it to anything lower than a 3 star would be sort of false.
I think that what’s happening in here, again, is just very unique and very original.
And I really enjoy how this book is structured.
I think that’s probably my favorite part of the book.
It’s sort of this like weird and odd and wacky plot that’s happening in this book.
But there also is this like deeper meaning that’s happening underneath that weird and wacky plot that gives it a lot of groundedness to the actual story to provide some sort of like realism in this sort of like surreal world that’s happening here.
I don’t want to say surreal.
Surreal would give you the wrong sense of what’s happening here.
But it’s just sort of like wacky.
Like the storyline is a little bit out there.
But it’s sort of out there in a slightly more fun way.
So it’s one of those books where you sort of just have to go along with what you hear happening in the story and whether or not these things are actually like plausable or actually happening, like I said in the beginning whether or not these are actually the teeth of famous people that he’s discussing things like that, you kind of just have to go along with what the narrator’s telling you.
And then just sort of let the details be revealed to you as they go along.
Really interesting, very unique.
It’s very difficult to talk about this book without talking about it to people who have already read it because there’s a lot in this book and in the merit of the book because of the way that everything is sort of revealed towards the end and the way that the story is structured itself.
So if you haven’t experienced that before, it’s hard to talk about it.
The closest thing that I could think of when it came to this book was when I was reading The Dinner by Herman Koch.
That book is also set up in a very unique way in the sense of like each section is named after a course of dinner, or a course of a meal.
The page lengths sort of matches up with what the course would actually be set up like.
It’s very interesting as well.
This book isn’t set up like that, but it’s the closest compassion I can think of myself, at least in terms of what I’ve read.
So I feel like this is a book worth picking up if you are interested in like Mexican authors or if you’re interested in sort of more like modern or post-modern literature.
This is definitely one worth picking up.
Is this going to ring everyone’s bells?
Absolutely not, obviously, because it is super weird and super unique.
But I still found it to be pretty enjoyable, which is why I gave it 3 stars.
So yeah, those are my quick thoughts on The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli.
If you read this book, feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know what you guys thought of it.
Just based on my Goodreads, I could tell that a lot of people really, really enjoyed it, which is great.
So definitely talk to me down in the comment section because I would love to talk about this book with people who’ve read it.
So yeah, that’s all I have for now and thanks for reading.