White Teeth Author:Zadie Smith Meet the Joneses, the Iqubals and the Chalfens. Three families at the fag end of the twentieth century, all english to varying degrees and involved in each other's lives in every conceivable way - personally, politically, historically, genetically. Different colors, different religions and different sides of unforgotten colonial fence, they ha... more »ve one thing in common: a small borough of north Lond where extremism of all kinds is the order of the day and the dilemmas of previous generations are obsessively played out in the present.
At the epicenter lies the hapless Archibald Jones, who cant make a decision without flipping a coin; an everyman with no distinguishing features apart from consistancy, a quality that tuens out to be his greatest asset. It is this quality that cements his antagonistic wartime friendship with Samad Iqbal and reinforces their icredible bondwhen Samad moves to England in the immigrant wave of the 1970's. It is what keeps Archie married to Clara, a beautiful black girl half his age who married him by accident. It is what ties the Joneses and Iqbal clans together over 50 years despite their manifold differences.
But when the Chalfens arrive on the scene - a family with some interesting plans for the future of the planet, not to mention the Jones and the Iqbal children - Archie's laissez-faire attitude is tested to the limits, and the second generation begin to have plans of their own.« less