Book Reviews of White Teeth

White Teeth
White Teeth
Author: Zadie Smith
ISBN-13: 9780140297782
ISBN-10: 0140297782
Publication Date: 9/26/2002
Pages: 542
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
I was told this book was REALLY funny and a quick read. I am an avid reader and my husband is British and still I had a difficult time getting into this book at first ... but the last third was difficult to put down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened and how it ends. I found myself constantly asking my husband ... what does this word mean? What does this phrase mean? And after being married for 10 years, I know A LOT of the slang!! I think if you didn't have some knowledge in this (because there were a lot of the phrases and words that I did know) that you might find it a hard read and you might lose a lot of the dry British humour.

I will definitely read her other released book called The Autograph Man though ...
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Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book (it came highly reccomended by an English professor). Common themes of humanity (love, loss and friendship) in a integrative and multicultural setting are seen in a story (or series of stories) that spans several generations.
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Helpful Score: 1
A fun, often hilarious, read that provides a sober look at hot button issues of the day like racism, sexism, bigotry, religious fanaticism, and charlatanism in science. Highly recommended for thoughtful readers who would help figure out how the novel got its title.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is one of the Time's 100 greatest English-Language novels, thats how I got my hands on it. I enjoyed it from the moment I picked it up but the whole time was wondering where it was going. Zadie smite is smart, witty, and has a way with words that makes you want to keep reading. Although I'm still not sure what she was trying to say I really enjoyed the ride.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really liked this book. I found it very funny and also thought-provoking.
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Opening scene is compelling. Sheds light on modern-day England. Most characters are sympathetic. Action bogs down in the middle.
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A wonderfully comic novel of life in a working class, immigrant section of London told through the lives of Archie Jones, his wife Clara, their daughter Irie and an assorted cast of friends and relatives. Amazingly, the gifted author was only twenty-five year old when she published it. It won many prizes including the Whitbread First Novel Award.
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Loved the book.
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I'm a fan of the Big novel, this has everything, story, atmosphere, caharacter, morality.
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Very funny and literal, a type of punch-you-in-the-face book!
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This is a fantastic book to read. The characters are all involved with each other, each more interesting than the other.
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Zadie Smith's debut novel made sense to me until the last few chapters. I thought I was reading an expansive, witty, but serious novel about finding one's place in late twentieth-century mutlicultural Britian. Centered around two army buddies who served together at the close of WWII, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal, the narrative initially focused on one quirky character at a time, and slowly expanded to include their younger wives and resultant children. I really enjoyed the depth of Smith's characterizations and her wit while dealing with profound themes while weaving through various timelines, but then it felt as the web of characters was spinning tighter and tighter towards one event on New Year's Eve, 1999, but abruptly stops, leaving me wondering "what was that all about?" Nonetheless, I'm glad the list of 1001 books you must read before you die led me to this read, which, as Salman Rushdie aptly said, has "bite."
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Excellent read. Both funny and moving.
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National Best Seller Funny, sad and a good read about friendship, war and familiy.
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I received this book for Christmas one year and had finished it by New Year's. A great read with amazing dialogue.
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I very rarely start a book and don't finish it but I couldn't get beyond page 50 in this book. I just couldn't get into it.
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Attempted reading. Got excited when I found out this was her first novel at 25yo. A bestseller.
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Funny and disturbing at the same time. I loved this book.
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This is a sprawling, amazing funny book about about the effects of our smaller world-funny and tragic-I defy you not to have some opinion! A great big fat read!
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This book is intelligently humorous and well worth reading.
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I have not enjoyed a book as much as I have enjoyed this one for a long time. (I read 1-4 novels a week). Zadie Smith is an incredible writer, who can be poignant and hilarious on the same paragraph. A great story of immigrants to England, their relationships, family development and lives that intertwine with the absurdity of life in the west. I cannot say enough of my admiration for this young writer. I sure hope she writes many many more.
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enjoyable, insightful novel about culture wars, family wars, and much much more
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Critically overrated.
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good book, interesting read. I would suggest it
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Great book--absolutely loved it.
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Great story, sweet but laugh out loud funny.
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Wow! And this is a first novel
i will definitely be reading more Zadie Smith
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I couldn't quite get into it.
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I read this for a class but I actually really enjoyed the book.
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While I haven't read the book, the series on PBS was excellent.
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Slightly different cover.