White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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 137th 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)
  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. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  7. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  8. - The Best Books of the 2000s (The Onion AV Club)
  9. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  10. - Books of the Decade (The Guardian)
  11. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Dientes Blancos / White Teeth (Spanish Edition) Paperback 6578204 $31.47 $9.73 2003
Zadie Smith's White Teeth (Barnes & Noble Reader's Companion) Paperback 3831784 $2.98 $2.76 2003
White Teeth: A Novel Paperback 3344 $9.00 $1.50 2001
White Teeth Audible Audiobook 4359 $35.95 2018
White Teeth Audio CD 3656336 $46.99
White Teeth (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 27649 $9.99 2003
White Teeth Hardcover 99014 $4.06 $0.18 2000
White Teeth Paperback 1158954 $3.12 $0.01 2006
Dientes blancos (Narrativa) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1456477 $9.59 2011
White Teeth Audible Audio Edition 5121 $40.95 2007
By Zadie Smith White Teeth: A Novel Paperback 2999963 $14.48 $8.49 2001
By Zadie Smith White Teeth (1st) Hardcover 492749 $44.70 $14.71 2000
White Teeth: A Novel Paperback 191936 $3.94 $0.01 2000
Dientes Blancos / White Teeth (Narrativa (Salamandra Publisher).) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 5021816 $19.10 $9.47 2005
White TeethWHITE TEETH by Smith, Zadie (Author) on Jun-12-2001 Paperback Paperback 5655372 $90.94 $3.65 2001