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White Teeth

A Novel
Smith, Zadie (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
White Teeth


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Set in post-war London, this novel of the racial, political, and social upheaval of the last half-century follows two families--the Joneses and the Iqbals, both outsiders from within the former British empire--as they make their way in modern England.
Authors: Smith, Zadie
Title: White teeth
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2000.
Characteristics: 448 p. ;,24 cm.
Contents: [I.] Archie 1974, 1945. The peculiar second marriage of Archie Jones ; Teething trouble ; Two families ; Three coming ; The root canals of Alfred Archibald Jones and Samad Miah Iqbal
[II.] Samad 1984, 1857. The temptation of Samad Iqbal ; Molars ; Mitosis ; Mutiny! ; The root canals of Mangal Pande
[III.] Irie 1990, 1907. The miseducation of Irie Jones ; Canines: the ripping teeth ; The root canals of Hortense Bowden ; More English than the English ; Chalfenism versus Bowdenism
[IV.] Magid, Millat, and Marcus 1992, 1999. The return of Magid Mahfooz Murshed Mubtasim Iqbal ; Crisis talks and eleventh-hour tactics ; The end of history versus the last man ; The final space ; Of mice and memory.
Summary: Set in post-war London, this novel of the racial, political, and social upheaval of the last half-century follows two families--the Joneses and the Iqbals, both outsiders from within the former British empire--as they make their way in modern England.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Guardian First Book Award, 2000.", "
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, 2000.", "
Whitbread Award, 2000."]
Local Note: 6 29 53 102 109 129 133 138 143 148 172 182 198 203 210 211 216 243 264 278
ISBN: 0375501851
9780375501852
037550561X
9780375505614
0965031004
9780965031004
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Report This Jan 25, 2014
  • shizuku_san rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was surprised at how much the author could trace political and social changes through bread! It was pretty interesting, although I felt like the connection between his research and his conclusion wasn't as clear as it could have been.

Report This Jul 12, 2012
  • smilegirl24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book pulled me in early and didn't release me until the very last page. An incredibly detailed, funny, and thoughtful analysis of the position of immigrants in England, White Teeth manages to approach a difficult subject with humor and without offensiveness. Highly reccomended.

Report This Feb 03, 2012
  • carmenweiss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this pretty quickly, but don't remember enjoying it all that much.

Report This Oct 01, 2009
  • lilybelle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A perfect novel on imperfect characters living in an imperfect world.

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