White Teeth

ISBN-10: 0375703861
ISBN-13: 9780375703867
Edition: 2000 (Reprint)
Authors: Zadie Smith
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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.

Gregor von Rezzori(1914–1998) was a novelist, journalist, memoirist, screenwriter, and author of radio plays. His worksMemoirs of an Anti-SemiteandThe Snows of Yesteryearare published by NYRB Classics. Zadie Smithis the author of three novels, most recentlyOn Beauty, and the editor of the short-story anthologyThe Book of Other People. Philip Boehmis the author of numerous translations from Polish and German, including works by Franz Kafka, Ida Fink, and Christoph Hein.

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