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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin; Unabridged edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141803460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141803463
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.5 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,892,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Review

Epic in scale and intimate in approach, White Teeth is an ambitious novel. Genetics, eugenics, gender, race, class and history are the book's themes but Zadie Smith is gifted with the wit and inventiveness to make these weighty ideas seem effortlessly light.

The story travels through Jamaica, Turkey, Bangladesh and India but ends up in a scrubby North London borough, home of the book's two unlikely heroes: prevaricating Archie Jones and intemperate Samad Iqbal. They met in the Second World War, as part of a "Buggered Battalion" and have been best friends ever since. Archie marries beautiful, buck-toothed Clara, who's on the run from her Jehovah's Witness mother, and they have a daughter, Irie. Samad marries stroppy Alsana and they have twin sons: "Children with first and last names on a direct collision course. Names that secrete within them mass exodus, cramped boats and planes, cold arrivals, medical checks."

Big questions demand boldly drawn characters. Zadie Smith's aren't heroic, just real: warm, funny, misguided and entirely familiar; reading their conversations is like eavesdropping. A simple scene, Alsana and Clara chatting about their pregnancies in the park: "A woman has to have the private things--a husband needn't be involved in body business, in a lady's ... parts."

Samad's rant about his sons--"They have both lost their way. Strayed so far from what I had intended for them. No doubt they will both marry white women called Sheila and put me in an early grave--acutely displays "the immigrant fears--dissolution, disappearance" but it also gets to the very heart of Samad.

White Teeth is a joy to read. It teems with life and exuberence and has enough cleverness and irreverent seriousness to give it bite. --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"A preternaturally gifted new writer Ýwith¨ a voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time."-Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
""Brilliant.... Smith is a master at detail...a postmodern Charles Dickens...ÝSmith's¨ rich storytelling and wicked wit are suited to the sights and smells of the world that England has inherited."-"The" "Washington Post
"
"ÝA¨ vibrant, rollicking first novel about race and idenity...ÝSmith's¨ prickly wit is affectionate and poignant."-"People"
"ÝA¨ dazzling intergenerational first novel...wonderfully inventive...playful yet unaffected, mongrel yet cohesive, profound yet funny, vernacular yet lyrical. "-"Los Angeles Times"
"ÝA¨ marvel of a debut novel. . .Reminscent 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."-"Entertainment Weekly
"
"A magnificent and audacious novel, jampacked with memorable characters and challenging ideas."-"The" "Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"
"Ambitious, earnest and irreverent. . . Smith has a real talent for comedy and a fond eye for human foibles."-"The" "Wall Street Journal"

"Wonderful.... Zadie Smith...possesses a more than ordinary share of talent."-"USA Today
""Smith has an astonishing intellect. She writes sharp dialogue for every age and race-- and she's funny as hell."-"Newsweek"
"
"Ý"White Teeth"¨ "is, like the London it portrays, a restless hybrid of voices, tones, and textures...with a raucous energy and confidence."-"The New York Times Book Review
"
"Fresh...spirited...this extravagant novel bursts with optimism about people, aboutlanguage, and perhaps, above all, about novels and the joy, indeed the impertinence, of writing one."-"The Philadelphia Inquirer
"
"Blissfully confident, wide-ranging and funny from the get-go, White Teeth...promises-and delivers-a wildly inventive journey into a fresh imagination."-"Rocky Mountain News
"
"Brilliant.... Smith is a master at detail.... Like a postmodern Dickens, she has a flair for features, dress, dialogue, accents and human frailty."-"The Miami Herald
"
"It's a treat to watch an immensely gifted young writer performing, for the very first time, such an admirably audacious and ambitious juggling act."-"Elle
"
"Absolutely delicious.... Smith's voice is a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy."-"The Tampa Tribune and Times
""Gently observant and generous in its judgments.... Filled with vibrant life."-"The" "San Diego Union--Tribune
"
"Brilliant.... Bubbles and pops in its imaginative intensity."-"The Baltimore Sun
"

" A preternaturally gifted new writer [with] a voice that' s street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time." - Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
"" Brilliant... . Smith is a master at detail... a postmodern Charles Dickens... [Smith's] rich storytelling and wicked wit are suited to the sights and smells of the world that England has inherited." - "The" "Washington Post
"
" [A] vibrant, rollicking first novel about race and idenity... [Smith's] prickly wit is affectionate and poignant." - "People"
" [A] dazzling intergenerational first novel... wonderfully inventive... playful yet unaffected, mongrel yet cohesive, profound yet funny, vernacular yet lyrical. " - "Los Angeles Times"
" [A] marvel of a debut novel. . .Reminscent 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." - "Entertainment Weekly
"
" A magnificent and audacious novel, jampacked with memorable characters and challenging ideas." - "The" "Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"
" Ambitious, earnest and irreverent. . . Smith has a real talent for comedy and a fond eye for human foibles." - "The" "Wall Street Journal"

" Wonderful... . Zadie Smith... possesses a more than ordinary share of talent." - "USA Today
"" Smith has an astonishing intellect. She writes sharp dialogue for every age and race-- and she's funny as hell." - "Newsweek"
"
" ["White Teeth"]"is, like the London it portrays, a restless hybrid of voices, tones, and textures... with a raucous energy and confidence." - "The New York Times Book Review
"
" Fresh... spirited... this extravagant novel bursts with optimism about people, about language, and perhaps, above all, about novels and the joy, indeed the impertinence, of writing one." - "The Philadelphia Inquirer
"
" Blissfully confident, wide-ranging and funny from the get-go, White Teeth... promises- and delivers- a wildly inventive journey into a fresh imagination." - "Rocky Mountain News
"
" Brilliant... . Smith is a master at detail... . Like a postmodern Dickens, she has a flair for features, dress, dialogue, accents and human frailty." - "The Miami Herald
"
" It' s a treat to watch an immensely gifted young writer performing, for the very first time, such an admirably audacious and ambitious juggling act." - "Elle
"
" Absolutely delicious... . Smith' s voice is a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy." - "The Tampa Tribune and Times
"" Gently observant and generous in its judgments... . Filled with vibrant life." - "The" "San Diego Union-- Tribune
"
" Brilliant... . Bubbles and pops in its imaginative intensity." - "The Baltimore Sun
"

"A preternaturally gifted new writer [with] a voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time."-Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
""Brilliant.... Smith is a master at detail...a postmodern Charles Dickens...[Smith's] rich storytelling and wicked wit are suited to the sights and smells of the world that England has inherited."-"The""Washington Post
"
"[A] vibrant, rollicking first novel about race and idenity...[Smith's] prickly wit is affectionate and poignant."-"People"
"[A] dazzling intergenerational first novel...wonderfully inventive...playful yet unaffected, mongrel yet cohesive, profound yet funny, vernacular yet lyrical. "-"Los Angeles Times"
"[A] marvel of a debut novel. . .Reminscent 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."-"Entertainment Weekly
"
"A magnificent and audacious novel, jampacked with memorable characters and challenging ideas."-"The""Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"
"Ambitious, earnest and irreverent. . . Smith has a real talent for comedy and a fond eye for human foibles."-"The""Wall Street Journal"

"Wonderful.... Zadie Smith...possesses a more than ordinary share of talent."-"USA Today
""Smith has an astonishing intellect. She writes sharp dialogue for every age and race-- and she's funny as hell."-"Newsweek"
"
"["White Teeth"] "is, like the London it portrays, a restless hybrid of voices, tones, and textures...with a raucous energy and confidence."-"The New York Times Book Review
"
"Fresh...spirited...this extravagant novel bursts with optimism about people, about language, and perhaps, above all, about novels and the joy, indeed the impertinence, of writing one."-"The Philadelphia Inquirer
"
"Blissfully confident, wide-ranging and funny from the get-go, White Teeth...promises-and delivers-a wildly inventive journey into a fresh imagination."-"Rocky Mountain News
"
"Brilliant.... Smith is a master at detail.... Like a postmodern Dickens, she has a flair for features, dress, dialogue, accents and human frailty."-"The Miami Herald
"
"It's a treat to watch an immensely gifted young writer performing, for the very first time, such an admirably audacious and ambitious juggling act."-"Elle
"
"Absolutely delicious.... Smith's voice is a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy."-"The Tampa Tribune and Times
""Gently observant and generous in its judgments.... Filled with vibrant life."-"The""San Diego Union--Tribune
"
"Brilliant.... Bubbles and pops in its imaginative intensity."-"The Baltimore Sun
"

A preternaturally gifted new writer [with] a voice that s street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
" Brilliant . Smith is a master at detail a postmodern Charles Dickens [Smith's] rich storytelling and wicked wit are suited to the sights and smells of the world that England has inherited. "The" "Washington Post
"
[A] vibrant, rollicking first novel about race and idenity [Smith's] prickly wit is affectionate and poignant. "People"
[A] dazzling intergenerational first novel wonderfully inventive playful yet unaffected, mongrel yet cohesive, profound yet funny, vernacular yet lyrical. "Los Angeles Times"
[A] marvel of a debut novel. . .Reminscent 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. "Entertainment Weekly
"
A magnificent and audacious novel, jampacked with memorable characters and challenging ideas. "The" "Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"
"Ambitious, earnest and irreverent. . . Smith has a real talent for comedy and a fond eye for human foibles." "The" "Wall Street Journal"

Wonderful . Zadie Smith possesses a more than ordinary share of talent. "USA Today
""Smith has an astonishing intellect. She writes sharp dialogue for every age and race and she's funny as hell. "Newsweek"
"
["White Teeth"] "is, like the London it portrays, a restless hybrid of voices, tones, and textures with a raucous energy and confidence. "The New York Times Book Review
"
"Fresh spirited this extravagant novel bursts with optimism about people, about language, and perhaps, above all, about novels and the joy, indeed the impertinence, of writing one. "The Philadelphia Inquirer
"
Blissfully confident, wide-ranging and funny from the get-go, White Teeth promises and delivers a wildly inventive journey into a fresh imagination. "Rocky Mountain News
"
Brilliant . Smith is a master at detail . Like a postmodern Dickens, she has a flair for features, dress, dialogue, accents and human frailty. "The Miami Herald
"
It s a treat to watch an immensely gifted young writer performing, for the very first time, such an admirably audacious and ambitious juggling act. "Elle
"
Absolutely delicious . Smith s voice is a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy. "The Tampa Tribune and Times
" Gently observant and generous in its judgments . Filled with vibrant life. "The" "San Diego Union Tribune
"
Brilliant . Bubbles and pops in its imaginative intensity. "The Baltimore Sun
"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I think the people giving this one star are very harsh. There are some dreadful books out there and this isn't dreadful by any stretch of the imagination. It's a funny book and, despite its ambitious scope, a pretty readable one at that. I just found it a bit pointless in the end though. The characters, with the exception of Irie, are just too one-dimensional for me and there's barely anything likeable about any of them either. Perhaps you could argue this reflects reality but it just made me stop caring about the book about 150 pages before the end. Therein lies another problem - it's just too long to keep you interested once it becomes obvious that the novel isn't really going anywhere. For a first novel it's a great effort and there is much to recommend about it (the aforementioned ambition and the humour) but it never quite manages to live up to the hype. It took me about 10 years to get around to reading it and I don't really feel like I was missing out on that much.
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Amid all the hype- and counter-hype....the precocity of the author, accusations of 'emperor's new clothes'etc I was expecting this book to be kind of irritating. And to my amazement it wasn't irritating at all, in fact it was completely and utterly lovable. Most of the criticisms I have read seem fair - the rather too artificially constructed plot, inaccuracies or linguistic anachronisms, characters who are sometimes difficult to care for about... However, this didn't interfere with my enjoyment of this brilliant book. The observation is so original, the satire so spot-on, and above all the book has a real warmth: Smith actually seems to like her characters and to enjoy being in their company, something which sets her apart from writers like Rushdie or Kureishi who she is often compared to. The result is, of course, that the reader enjoys it too. There is a good joke on nearly every page, which is quite an achievement for a 540 page novel. Highly recommended.
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This massive first novel is both wildly ambitious and desperately in need of the hand of an assured editor. Smith certainly isn't afraid to stir such minor topics as race, colonialism, class, gender, culture, religion, fate, sexuality, history and science into her melting pot examination of identity, and as such, it's one of those books whose plot cannot be succinctly outlined. In the broadest possible terms, the book revolves around Archie and Samad, an Englishman and Bangladeshi respectively, who are in the same tank unit in World War II. After spending a goodly chunk of time on their wartime experience, the book covers both the next 45 years of their lives (lengthy stops are made in the late '60s, '70s, and '80s), and with the past (flashbacks are made to mid-19th century India and Jamaica). The true protagonists are Archie's daughter Irie, and Samad's twin sons, Millat and Majid. And the central theme of the book is their struggle for identity, which is sometimes unconscious and sometimes very purposeful.
One of the book's main flaws is that in addition to these five major characters, there are the mothers of each, and a veritable wagonload of important supporting characters, including a third family that appears well into the book. There's a lot of coming and going and coming, and on and on as characters assume central importance for ten pages, only to disappear for two-hundred. Smith is trying to weave a very complicated web (many critics call this aspect of the book "Dickensian"), but in doing so, the transitions become awfully jarring, and very often, annoying. A second major issue is that the characters are all types of one sort or another. Smith sets them in motion in order to comment on her grab-bag of issues, but never quite gives them enough individuality or humanity.
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This really is an extraordinary novel, in that it has achieved such a huge level of hype, critical acclaim and has divided amazon readers into opposing love it / hate it camps.
Actually, I didn't loathe the book; the book didn't manage to evoke an emotion of that strength. I found it all a bit insipid and dull, to be honest. Some people have complained about the rambling length but I think a vast length was fitting for a novel of this ambition and considering her vast cast of characters. Characters were the problem. I didn't particularly like or care about any of them. They were merely representations from different races, without flesh and blood and life. It was easy to observe them but hard to really become involved with them. And, though I'm white, I've grown up in a multi-cultural family, & I found some of the Asians very stereotyped: the Bangledeshi women reminded me of characters off Eastenders. I also found the author's cynicism about religion rather narrow, perhaps one of the greatest weaknesses of the book considering her themes. She found it impossible to present any religion without portraying it as an emotional crutch. I would like more detachment from the author here. I am not a Bible-basher or even a believer, but having grown up with both CHristians and HIndus, I think it is possible to explore both the strengths and weaknesses of different faiths without reducing the narrative into a rather childish 'all god-types are nutters'which is what Zadie does, and dully.
The book's strength is the authorial confidence. People have noted the weak research, inaccuracies and historial loop holes (maybe they don't matter that much anyway) but I think the author is actually good at pretending to write as though she knows what she is talking about.
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