The Magnolia Story

This eBook includes the full text of the book plus

You are here: Home - Books - White Teeth

White Teeth

White Teeth By Zadie Smith White Teeth On New Year s morning Archie Jones sits in his car on a London road and waits for the exhaust fumes to fill his Cavalier Musketeer station wagon Archie working class ordinary a failed marriag

  • Title: White Teeth
  • Author: Zadie Smith
  • ISBN: 9780375703867
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • White Teeth By Zadie Smith On New Year s morning, 1975, Archie Jones sits in his car on a London road and waits for the exhaust fumes to fill his Cavalier Musketeer station wagon Archie working class, ordinary, a failed marriage under his belt is calling it quits, the deciding factor being the flip of a 20 pence coin When the owner of a nearby halal butcher shop annoyed that Archie s car is blockOn New Year s morning, 1975, Archie Jones sits in his car on a London road and waits for the exhaust fumes to fill his Cavalier Musketeer station wagon Archie working class, ordinary, a failed marriage under his belt is calling it quits, the deciding factor being the flip of a 20 pence coin When the owner of a nearby halal butcher shop annoyed that Archie s car is blocking his delivery area comes out and bangs on the window, he gives Archie another chance at life and sets in motion this richly imagined, uproariously funny novel Epic and intimate, hilarious and poignant, White Teeth is the story of two North London families one headed by Archie, the other by Archie s best friend, a Muslim Bengali named Samad Iqbal Pals since they served together in World War II, Archie and Samad are a decidedly unlikely pair Plodding Archie is typical in every way until he marries Clara, a beautiful, toothless Jamaican woman half his age, and the couple have a daughter named Irie the Jamaican word for no problem Samad devoutly Muslim, hopelessly foreign weds the feisty and always suspicious Alsana in a prearranged union They have twin sons named Millat and Magid, one a pot smoking punk cum militant Muslim and the other an insufferable science nerd The riotous and tortured histories of the Joneses and the Iqbals are fundamentally intertwined, capturing an empire s worth of cultural identity, history, and hope.Zadie Smith s
    White Teeth By Zadie Smith

    • [PDF] Download ✓ White Teeth : by Zadie Smith
      429 Zadie Smith

    One thought on “White Teeth

    1. Ben on said:

      White Teeth is an expansive, detailed, and beautifully written attempt to encapsulate the social chaos that blossoms at the bridging of generational, national and sexual mindsets It reminds me very much of the freeflowing histories written by Marquez and Allende, as well as Salman Rushdie s strange little one off treatise on cultural alienation, Fury Samad, in particular, reminds me quite a bit of Fury s Malik Solanka The book does many things well Smith has a serious ear for dialogue and accent [...]

    2. Paul Bryant on said:

      One star Of course this is not a one star wretched ignominous failure, this is a mighty Dickensian epic about modern Britain But not for me It s a question of tone I have now tried to read this one twice and each time I find I m groaning quietly and grinding my teeth Zadie Smith s omniscient narrator, alas for me, has an air of horrible smirkiness, like a friend who just can t help pointing out all the less than pleasant attributes of everyone else, all in the name of life affirming humour, alle [...]

    3. Leslie on said:

      As many other reviewers have commented, I wanted to like this book than I did It approached greatness in many ways the clever and often hilarious dialogue, the quirky characters, the creative family histories, the rich and convincing place descriptions, and so on Despite the strengths of each of these parts, as a whole the book fell far short of greatness It took me until the final pages to figure out what was missing for me I did not genuinely care about most of the characters I did not feel s [...]

    4. Samadrita on said:

      There are parts of this book fully deserving of unadulterated love and veneration, worthy of 4 stars in the least The fact that the real Indian, Jamaican and Bangladeshi diaspora are reproduced here and not the imagined Indian, Jamaican and Bangladeshi diaspora of white writers too reluctant to put in the requisite amount of research for getting the most inconsequential tidbits right has much to do with it In addition, Zadie Smith succeeds in keenly evoking their history, language, cultural etho [...]

    5. Darwin8u on said:

      e wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect Zadie Smith, White TeethI planned on writing my full review of this book a couple days after I read it in October of 2014 I was afraid, however, if I wrote it immediately it would be too sappy, too indulgent, too full of praise I would probably just go on and on and you all might think I was in love or something So, like I am want, I put the review off meaning to get to it and here I am finally writing about the book almost two [...]

    6. Dan on said:

      This book started bad for me and just got worse I found the characters to be boring and two dimensional Actually, even worse, the author tried to build up the characters in most cases though doing a poor job, I d say , but then later reduced their roles to caricatures So even those I was inclined to like wound up irritating me every time they opened their mouths.Further, Smith s style is all over the place At times I found it indulgent and pretentious, others fawningly resembling other authors, [...]

    7. RandomAnthony on said:

      I m about a decade late to Zadie Smith s White Teeth, one of those books friends recommended or I picked up at the library then put back and moved on to a different title My reticence to read the novel revolved around the plethora of book clubby texts that could best be classified as somewhat patronizing novels about other cultures featuring triumph in the face of great poverty and hardship I hate these books But White Teeth turns out be an example of where those novels fail and a sun surface ho [...]

    8. Barry Pierce on said:

      Oh Zadie Smith be still my beating heart I devoured this fabulous novel Smith is truly a master of plot and her ability to capture the voices of each individual character is inspirational Never before have I read a novel which such a rich and diverse dramatis personae I fear that this review is going to become a list of superlatives so I ll quell it here by saying, I loved this and I need to read Smith now.

    9. Petra X on said:

      Just because everyone says it s good doesn t make it readable Just because it has an ethnic plot doesn t make it realistic Just because it s about ordinary people doesn t make it believeable And just because I read it only a couple of months ago doesn t make it memorable Three stars because it might have been that good, I ve forgotten all but the general gist of the book.

    10. Aubrey on said:

      There need to be books like this in the world Little bit cocky, little bit sharp, written within my lifetime by someone with little to no representation in the halls of esteemed literature by means of race and gender and what have you and does not give a flying fuck about it The setting may be the well worn island of merry old 20th century England for the most part, but the reality is that of the 21st Smorgasbord where white men get as proper a representation in the wider plain of reality as de [...]

    11. Stephen M on said:

      So my computer has been out of commission for the past few weeks and that partly explains my absence from insert excuse about being busy, being outdoors in the summer, etc I recently joined up with all the cool kids and dropped a hundred dollars for an iPhone and I ve been trying to make do with the limitations imposed by the less than satisfactory app which I guess is better than trying to navigate the site through safari on the phone but alas, I digress Because the reason I m willing to sit th [...]

    12. Debbie "DJ" on said:

      The I think about this book, the I marvel at what Zadie Smith was able to create through it I seriously almost didn t make it through this read, and it is only in the looking back that I see just how brilliant it is Smith starts with two characters, then links character after character to them It all starts with two men lost in WWI, having no real role in it, and discover it has ended without their knowledge They capture a war architect after the war and invent stories in some attempt to claim [...]

    13. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan White Teeth Nevisande Zadie Smith ISBN 375703861 ISBN13 9780375703867 Dar 448 Safhe Saal e Chap 1999

    14. Peter Boyle on said:

      Wow, what a lot to take in I won t even attempt to summarise this sprawling, densely plotted novel suffice to say that it traces the history of two multicultural London families at the tail end of the 20th century Along the way themes such as race relations, religious extremism, immigration, and even the ethics of genetic engineering are explored, all with an intoxicating energy and a sparkling sense of humour.The aspect of the book I admired most was its focus on family Both the Iqbal and Jones [...]

    15. Rowena on said:

      A perfect book to re read This is a very funny book chronicling the lives of immigrants in the United Kingdom and focuses on issues such as children of immigrants forming new, collective identities due to identity crisis, the whole question about who is really English and problems in a multicultural community, such as which religious holidays schools should celebrate and so on It s a very entertaining read.

    16. FrancoSantos on said:

      En White Teeth, Zadie Smith trata con agudeza temas tan sensibles y discutidos como la inmigraci n y el nacionalismo Racismo, crisis de identidad basadas en historia y tradici n, lealtad hacia ideales tanto religiosos como humanos, fundamentalismo y un profundo y marcado anhelo de hallar un hogar en un mundo siempre ajeno a uno mismo son algunos de los elementos que componen White Teeth White Teeth empieza con la historia de dos familias de inmigrantes conviviendo en Inglaterra con culturas y cr [...]

    17. Jonfaith on said:

      These days, it feels to me like you make a devil s pact when you walk into this country You hand over your passport at the check in, you get stamped, you want to make a little money, get yourself started but you mean to go back Who would want to stay Cold, wet, miserable terrible food, dreadful newspapers who would want to stay In a place where you are never welcomed, only tolerated Just tolerated Like you are an animal finally house trained.Despite everything subsequent in Zadie s mad output, I [...]

    18. hanna on said:

      Rating 3.5 Hilariously complex characters It s insane to think Zadie was practically my age when she began writing this book How she pulled off accurately depicting 3 different cultures is beyond me, but she did it with wit and grit By no means is the book perfection, but it is wonderful I assure you, it s unlike anything you ve ever read There is an air of confidence Zadie writes with which I loved The story overall is funny but it does deal with complex topics such as culture clash, identity c [...]

    19. Margitte on said:

      Phew, I was exhausted after finishing this book.Faith, race, gender, history, and culture in three North London families are turned upside down, questioned, dissected and turned into a tragic comedy by Zadie Smith.Samad Iqbal and his wife Alsana, the original Benghali immigrants, who often sort their differences out in some feisty backyard wrestling matches while their two twin sons, Magid and Millat, the second generation immigrants, run haywire in their confusion about being British as their m [...]

    20. Ted on said:

      Fifteen years ago, when I read this, I thought it was the best contemporary fiction I d read in ages Even though I don t remember a whole lot of the story, I m still in accord with that memory It s one of the contemporary novels that I can see myself reading again in the future, or at least sampling.

    21. Wanda on said:

      If you have been or your parent has been an immigrant, White Teeth will probably speak to you My father was the first member of his family born in Canada He desperately felt the need to fit in, to be Canadian As a result, when his parents spoke in Danish at home, he always answered them in English In later life, he could understand Danish, but not speak it, a situation which was sometimes frustrating when dealing with relatives who only spoke Danish My grandfather came to Canada first, alone, an [...]

    22. MJ Nicholls on said:

      The novel that shot Zadie n e Sadie into the literary stratosphere in 2001 A decade down the line and this is still a dazzling performance A mordant look at first generation Bengali immigrants and the next generation s confused Anglicization and alienation A scalpel sharp realist novel with teeth sharper than a puma Plus near the end a witty debate on religion v science And so much besides Not head over heels in love with that ending Reads like an intellectual copout than a tightly sewn climax [...]

    23. Teresa Proença on said:

      Zadie Smith, filha de uma jamaicana e um ingl s, nasceu em Londres em 1975 O seu primeiro romance considerado pela revista Time um dos 100 melhores romances ingleses escritos entre 1923 e 2005 Dentes Brancos relata a hist ria de tr s fam lias que vivem em Londres, durante o per odo de tempo entre 1974 e 1992 Os Jones Archie Jones um ingl s ex suicida de meia idade casado com Clara, uma jovem jamaicana cuja m e testemunha de Jeov e que tem como nico sonho manter se viva para assistir ao fim do mu [...]

    24. Jill on said:

      2.5 starsThe thing I love about these books that Kinga recommends for me in her ongoing and so far hopelessly futile attempt to educate me on finer literature outside my usual genre of formulaic, lowbrow romance novels, is Kinga herself.I feel like the care and guidance under her hand as akin to a big sister pointing out the wonders of a large, diverse, cosmopolitan city to the younger, countrified sister And the fact that I don t see what she sees in these novels, doesn t bother me in the least [...]

    25. Jasmine Star on said:

      I loved this book, at times i was laughing out loud There are just so many layers to her writinge writes plainly, but intelligently, and it is full of humor and spunk Her cultural isights are amazingi swore she was talking about me at one pointd it was nice the way she included smidgens of dialect and superstition from 3 different cultures, with such depth I completely recommend this book Josh you were so right

    26. Silvanna on said:

      Whoosh What a story Started off well but sagged a bit in the middle, but 500 0dd pages later.wonderful So pleased I persevered.

    27. Alias Pending on said:

      The Short The only thing this book hates than its characters is you, the reader.The long form presentation Lets boil down the premise and get it out of the way This book is about nature vs nurture Don t worry about that theme too much, because this book hates its theme It can t be bothered to come to a logical or even an irrational conclusion about that theme It hates its theme nearly as much as it hates you, the reader Didn t I just say that Am I being redundant Right, there is too much, let m [...]

    28. Gode on said:

      , , 848 , , , , , , , , 800 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    29. Jason on said:

      Tangled intimacy on an expansive scale Cultural dissection and exploration.Involved At least that was the right word, Alsana reflected, as she liftes her foot off the pedal, and let the wheel spin a few times alone before coming to a squeaky halt Sometimes, here in England, especially at bus stops and on the daytime soaps, you heard people say We re involved with each other, as if this were a most wonderful state to be in, as if one chose it and enjoyed it Alsana never thought of it that way Inv [...]

    30. Leo on said:

      So it s not perfect I understand that.But I can t remember the last time a book this long has thoroughly captivated me, entertained me and struck a subtle chord in me all at the same time.A lot of other reviews have valid points all the characters do diminish into caricatures at certain points but don t we as well , the last hundred pages or so were a bit tiring, and the ending felt a bit anticlimactic and rushed.My favorite aspect of this novel was Smith s keen eye for turning entirely serious [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *