White Teeth

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 20, 2003 - Fiction - 464 pages
Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.

At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.
 

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An impressively witty satirical first novel, London-set, chronicling the experiences of two eccentric multiracial families during the last half of the 20th century. When Archie Jones's suicide attempt ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

I remember really enjoying this but cannot honestly recall a single moment from the book, even after reading the synopsis. I might need put this back on my to-read list; or rather, create a need-to-reread list. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1
Teething Trouble
23
Two Families
39
Three Coming
57
The Root Canals of Alfred Archibald Jones
71
The Temptation of Samad Iqbal
105
Molars
135
Mitosis
153
The Ripping Teeth
257
The Root Canals of Hortense Bowden
295
More English Than the English
303
Chalfenism Versus Bowdenism
315
MAGID MILLAT AND MARCUS 1992 1999
341
Crisis Talks and EleventhHour Tactics 36
361
The End of History Versus The Last Man
387
The Final Space
407

Mutiny
175
The Root Canals of Mangal Pande
203
The Miseducation of Irie Jones
221
Of Mice and Memory
431
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About the author (2003)

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, and most recently Swing Time.

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