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White Teeth

A Novel
Smith, Zadie (Book - 2000)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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: Whitbread Award, 2000.
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, 2000.
Guardian First Book Award, 2000.
Local Note: 6 29 53 102 109 129 133 138 143 148 172 182 198 203 210 216 243 264 278
ISBN: 9780965031004
0965031004
9780375505614
037550561X
9780375501852
0375501851
Statement of Responsibility: Zadie Smith
Subject Headings: Muslim families Fiction. Male friendship Fiction. Ethnic relations Fiction. Jamaicans England Fiction. London (England) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction.
Topical Term: Muslim families
Male friendship
Ethnic relations
Jamaicans
LCCN: 99043658
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Jun 21, 2014
  • labrys rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While Zadie Smite writes well and her world is full of vibrant details, the chapters are short and the POV shifts quickly between characters lending the novel a fragmented feel. I find her essays much more compelling.

May 31, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this initially- for the first 150 pages or so and then became a little bored with it and it felt like it was overly long and focused on the trivial. It was funny, quirky and highlighted real life cultural issues in a sharp edged parody - but ultimately not enough to sustain my interest.

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.

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.

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.

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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