White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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This may be the first novel ever written that truly feels at home in our borderless, globalized, intermarried, post-colonial age, populated by "children with first and last names on a direct collision course." Published when Smith was just 24, White Teeth follows the friendship of two Londoners, a pub-going working-class bloke named Archie and a Muslim from Bangladesh named Samad. Archie marries a Jamaican; Samad has twin sons, one of whom becomes a religious militant, the other a rabid Anglophile. The overlapping fates of Smith's characters seem to trace the new structures of 21st-century life and test their sturdiness as framework for peace and happiness. Both deeply Dickensian and playfully post-modern, White Teeth doesn't quail before the rampantly ramifying novelistic complexities of a multicultural world. It revels in them.—L.G.

- Time

The 250th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  2. - 11th on The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (BBC Poll)
  3. - 20th on The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000) (Times)
  4. - 25th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  5. - 87th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  6. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  7. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))
  8. - Books of the Decade (The Guardian)
  9. - The Best Books of the 2000s (The Onion AV Club)

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