A NovelBook - 2001
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.
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A wryly complex & lyrical unlikely friendship! Archie (White British) and Samad (Bengali immigrant) meet while serving together in WWII and form a bond in spite of race and class divides. Opening New Year’s Day in 1975 in London move forward and back through the decades with much wit as Smith... Read More »
LPL_ShirleyB Jan 28, 2021
This wryly comic, complex, & lyrical read spotlights an unlikely friendship; Archie (White British) and Samad (Bengali immigrant) meet while serving together in WWII and form a bond in spite of race and class divides. Spanning from New Year’s Day in 1975 in London then forward and back throug... Read More »
Zadie Smith's debut novel is witty, literary fiction with a sharp view on society, especially focused race and class. In addition to the print book, the eBook is available and it's included in a Magical Realism Genre Book Club in a Bag.
Zadie Smith’s wildly praised debut novel tackles anything from family drama, to cultural identity, to keen social observations. The story follows Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal--two men who served together in WWII and have remained lifelong pals. Archie, in his second marriage, has a young daughter... Read More »
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Some secrets are permanent. In a vision, Irie has seen a time, a time not far from now, when roots won't matter any more because they can't because they musn't because they're too long and they're too tortuous and they're just buried too damn deep. She looks forward to it.
'It's Science.' Archie says Science the same way he says Modern, as if someone has lent him the words and made him swear not to break them. 'Science,' Archie repeats, handling it more firmly, 'is a different kettle of fish.'
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