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Steven Hicks, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by Steven Hicks)
White Teeth unknowingly prepared us for the last decade like no other book. Among other things it is a story of assimilation. And to highlight the differences of England's many cultures (as well as America's) we watch in disbelief at the choice made by a father for his child without the mother's knowledge that explained Islam to me better than anything else I could possibly read. But it takes a while to get there and in the meantime you meet Archie Jones, a blue-collar Brit, and his friend, Samad Iqbal, a Muslim waiter. They met in the English army in WWII and we not only see them and their gloriously mixed families in a contemporary setting but in flashbacks we share a secret from their past together in the war. The opening chapter where Archie sits contemplating suicide and makes the final decision based on the flip of a coin is one of the funniest I have ever read. This is an astonishing novel that veers from comedy to drama and order to chaos seamlessly. It has made me a Zadie Smith fan forever.
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Michael.Wolman, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Michael.Wolman)
Well done. This book certainly sympathizes with it's characters in a real human way. It tackled the idea of multiculturalism without smacking you in the face with it. Best book I've read in a long time.
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bookhappy, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by bookhappy)
Zadie Smith is truly an original. Her voice, her style, her characters, her keen eye for detail, her observations of pop culture, her empathy, in fact, the whole word of this book--it all adds up to such an exhilarating reading experience. WHITE TEETH is smart, funny, simply remarkable.
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Matowynn, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Matowynn)
I loved this book. Smith really brings to life the great mix of cultures and people in her slice of life in London with roots in the past and the future.
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cbendixe, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by cbendixe)
A great, bi-generational tale of family, race, friendship, and history in contemporary England. Funny too.
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Smith, Zadie
Vintage Books USA
Smith, Zadie
Male friendship
Domestic fiction
London (england)
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Product details 464 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375703867 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] vibrant, rollicking first novel about race and idenity....[Smith's] prickly wit is affectionate and poignant."
"Review" by , "[A] marvel of a debut novel....Reminiscent of both Salman Rushdie and John Irving, White Teeth is a comic, canny, sprawling tale, adeptly held together by Smith's literary sleight of hand."
"Review" by , "A magnificent and audacious novel, jam-packed with memorable characters and challenging ideas."
"Review" by , "Ambitious, earnest and irreverent....Smith has a real talent for comedy and a fond eye for human foibles."
"Review" by , "Smith has an astonishing intellect. She writes sharp dialogue for every age and race — and she's funny as hell."
"Review" by , "Gently observant and generous in its judgments. Filled with vibrant life."
"Synopsis" by , At the center of this invigorating and hilarious novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal, hapless veterans of World War II. Set against London's racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire's past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth is an international bestseller now available in paperback.
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