The Resource White teeth : a novel, Zadie Smith

White teeth : a novel, Zadie Smith

Label
White teeth : a novel
Title
White teeth
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Zadie Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 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 dazzling first novel plays out its bounding, vibrant course in a Jamaican hair salon in North London, an Indian restaurant in Leicester Square, an Irish poolroom turned immigrant cafe, a liberal public school, a sleek science institute. A winning debut in every respect, White Teeth marks the arrival of a wondrously talented writer who takes on the big themes-faith, race, gender, history, and culture-and triumphs
Cataloging source
IGP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Zadie
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6069.M59
LC item number
W47 2001
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • London (England)
  • Jamaicans
  • Ethnic relations
  • Male friendship
  • Muslim families
Label
White teeth : a novel, Zadie Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocm47096283
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Vintage International ed.
Extent
448 p.
Isbn
9781417626281
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
System control number
(Sirsi) 1242846
Label
White teeth : a novel, Zadie Smith
Publication
Control code
ocm47096283
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st Vintage International ed.
Extent
448 p.
Isbn
9781417626281
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
System control number
(Sirsi) 1242846

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