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White Teeth

A Novel
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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 Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born) produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London's racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.

©2000 Zadie Smith (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

"Zadie Smith's fizzing first novel is about how we all got here - from the Caribbean, from the Indian subcontinent, from 13th place in a long-ago Olympic bicycle race - and about what 'here' turned out to be. It's an astonishingly assured debut, funny and serious, and the voice has real writerly idiosyncrasy. I was delighted by White Teeth and often impressed. It has...bite." (Salman Rushdie)

"A rich, ambitious, and often hilarious delight." (The Independent)

"This is a strikingly clever and funny book with a passion for ideas, for language, and for the rich tragicomedy of life.... [Smith's] characters always ring true; it is her ebullient, simple prose and her generous understanding of human nature that make Zadie Smith's novel outstanding. It is not only great fun to read, but full of hope." (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • j phillips
  • 06/06/2018

A Modern Classic Reworked

White Teeth has been rerecorded and re-released, and the results are fantastic. Zadie Smith combines humor and dysfunction and family drama into narrative that spans decades, and the end result is impressive. White Teeth made the PBS top 100 books list, and this novel made it for a reason. For lovers of contemporary lit fic, White Teeth hits all the marks. There are numerous narrators of this audio version, similar to a full cast, and while I usually prefer a single narrator, it works in this case, mostly because all the narrators are really good. For the nitpickers, there a couple sections near the beginning of the book with editorial/technical errors, though very minor ones and small price to pay for this audiobook. Zadie's newly released version of White Teeth is a winner.

4.68 of 5 stars.

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  • Cassidita
  • 25/11/2018

The characters came to life

Wow, such fun to listen to the narration. This book entwines stories across generations and delves into race, immigration, love and identity. It's incredible how deeply these characters unfold. The narration draws you in and adds so much. Cannot recommend this enough!

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  • Roxanne
  • 08/08/2018

loved it

great story, & narration . insightful character development. beautifully crafted. a great read- may need to read it twice to truly get it all.

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  • Brendan Beirne
  • 08/03/2019

Amazing voice artists

This is the best audio book performance I have ever heard. The actors' interpretations of these characters is fantastic.

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  • Sonja Terry
  • 04/02/2019

too many stories in one

the title really attracted me and I thought it would debunk some stereotypes but instead it reinforced them and others. Even though I read a lot of literature I felt it was too loosely constructed. I think I read a comment from Smith stating, she wrote it as it came to her pretty fast. I am still curious enough to finish it, but not curious enough to make it a one marathon night read. it is not Toni Morrison for sure. The audible performance made it a little more palatable.

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  • Joshua A Young
  • 30/01/2019

I don't understand the narration choice

I love the writing. It's meandering in the most amazing way possible. I find myself not having to strain to hear the words, instead getting sucked in to the amazingly funny and dry prose. At least, that's how I felt during Part I, with the english narrator. For whatever ungodly reason, the author or publisher decided that Part II would be narrated by someone else. I guess I understand the desire to have a Bengali man's story told in an Indian/Bengali accent, but the guy does not represent the tone or the characters of the book credibly. Zadie Smith's dry, underhanded but incredibly hilarious lines are presented in a slapstick, overly flamboyant manner. Almost as bad as the narration is the fact that the narrators didn't seem to have coordinated in the slightest. Perhaps they were trying to be efficient by having them all produce at the same time, but none of the characters line up. Archie in Part I is subtle and monotone, which seems a better fit to me than Part II's boisterous characterization punctuated by a god awful english accent. And Samad in part II. Ooof. He's hilarious and dry in Part I. I'm not even sure what to say about the other narrator's version of him. He's almost clownish. I wish this had just been narrated by the english narrator. So sad. I'm about halfway through Samad's part and am assuming that Izzie's part is then narrated by Narrator #1. But if Part IV then returns to #2, I'm not sure I'm ever going to be able to finish this book...

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  • Suramericana
  • 18/11/2018

BORING

I got the book because of the reviews, but is too boring for me. I stared about 12 times and still I do not get in the story of the characters, the languages, the situations.
I red On Beauty from Zadie Smith and I love the book, but this one for me was a lost of a credit.

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  • Ezra Schwartz
  • 12/07/2018

Masterpiece

Wise, insightful, hilariously funny and soberingly serious wok of art. And the performance is great. Thank you!

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  • Erin
  • 28/10/2018

Chapters scrambled. So frustrating.

This audiobook starts in the very middle of the book as it was written. I didn’t realize until I looked at a printed copy of the book.

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  • Louie B. George III
  • 27/06/2018

Huge waste of time!!!!

I came to this book via "Swing Time" and the positive reviews that this book received. But sadly this book did not measure up. The characters were poorly developed, the story rambled aimlessly and the narration was something more akin to having to be endured rather than something to help move the novel along.

I kept listening in the hope that at some point this novel would come together and become, for me, the novel that so many seemed to enjoy.... sadly for me it did not.

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