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White Teeth
White Teeth
Author: Zadie Smith
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 Jone...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375703867
ISBN-10: 0375703861
Publication Date: 6/12/2001
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 257 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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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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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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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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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Very funny and literal, a type of punch-you-in-the-face book!
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Excellent read. Both funny and moving.

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