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White Teeth

A Novel
Durée : 18 h et 38 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Literary

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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

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"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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  • ibillinsly@gmail
  • 06/06/2018

4.68 stars....a modern classic

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.

Overall rating: 4.68 stars.

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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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  • 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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  • Lanita
  • 10/02/2020

Engaging characters, bad story.

I really enjoyed the colorful and complex characters Smith created BUT as much as I liked them I abandoned the book when it got too wrapped up in the protests about the mouse and the surrounding stupidity. The first two thirds were quite enjoyable though. I'd love a sequel involving whichever of these characters made it out alive.

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  • Jennifer L Berezan
  • 04/01/2020

PURE GENIUS! An absolutely remarkable book. Complex, funny, brilliantly conceived and written. Hard to believe Zadie Smith wrote

PURE GENIUS! An absolutely remarkable book. Complex, funny, brilliantly conceived and written. Hard to believe Zadie Smith wrote this in her 20s.

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  • Lisa Ann Robertson
  • 20/12/2019

Amazing

So much humor, humanity, and depth. I think everyone needs to read this book about life for immigrants and their first generation kids in the UK.

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  • Deana Manassaram
  • 13/12/2019

Great all around.

Ending was a bit abrupt. A few details could have been edited out to make room for a more substantive ending. I’m a Jamaican immigrant so appreciate the narrators efforts with the dialect.

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  • Jerrycole
  • 21/10/2019

Could have skipped.

I found none of the characters generated any sympathy from me. It was a slog to finish it.

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  • Hale
  • 06/09/2019

Too many narrators

There are too many narrators. The last is sadly the weakest. Otherwise it is magnificent

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  • nick
  • 16/08/2019

Really enjoyed this novel!

I really enjoyed this novel! I don't know why I hadn't read it sooner. It's funny, sad, beautiful, and frustrating at times. I see why some critics call it hysterical realism. Every sentence is a whirlwind of events, some of them a little absurd. I really liked that though. The style is really appealing to me. The narrators all did a great job! Would definitely listen to it again.