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Next Up: White Teeth

Published in 2000, White Teeth is one of the most recent novels on the Time list.

And I’ve got to tell you guys that, after reading the first two chapters, I’m kind of in love with this novel. It’s entertaining, engaging, and seriously funny.

I’ll get more into the story in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a few notes about White Teeth and its author, Zadie Smith:

  • According to Wikipedia, the story focuses on the later lives of two wartime friends—the Bangladeshi Samad Iqbal and the Englishman Archie Jones—and their families in London.
  • The novel won many awards, including the 2000 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Commonwealth Writers First Book Award.
  • Yes, fellow writers, this was Zadie Smith’s first novel and it was hugely successful.
  • A four-part mini-series based on the novel was broadcast on Channel 4, British public television, in 2002.
  • To date, Zadie Smith has written four novels, all of which have received a good bit of critical praise.
  • She’s 39 and writes out of New York and London.

This novel is unusual for the Time list because not only is the author still alive, but she’s only 39. 39! That’s my age. What am I doing with my life?

So who’s read White Teeth? And were you as impressed with it as much as I am with the first two chapters?

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  1. Gosh this one is a blast from the past, I remember reading it and loving it. Not sure I’ve loved any of the other books quite as much.

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    June 11, 2015
  2. I loved it! so glad you’re enjoying it too. I now need to watch this 4-part series you mentioned in your blog. 🙂

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    June 11, 2015
  3. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    June 11, 2015
  4. That is good news to hear!!

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    June 11, 2015
  5. Reblogged this on troyrlegette and commented:
    Highly Anticipated Novel: White Teeth….Good Reviews with first two chapters!!!

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    June 11, 2015
  6. jenniferquin #

    legitimately one of the best diasporic novels i have ever read. so detailed and filled with both humour and heart.

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    June 11, 2015
  7. I looked On Beauty, but you have to read the book it’s redoing, in my opinion. She wrote White Teeth as an undergrad. Cool, huh?

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    June 11, 2015
    • I *loved.* Is there no way to edit comments? Also, the original book is called Howard’s End.

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      June 11, 2015
  8. on my list.. in fact on my bookshelf… hold the spoilers! 🙂

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    June 11, 2015
  9. What are you doing with your life? You are reading 101 novels. And not just any novels. The novels on Time’s List. Pretty good use of time I would say.

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    June 11, 2015
  10. White Teeth is one of my favourites! Can’t wait to hear what your final thoughts are 🙂

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    June 11, 2015
  11. Sin #

    I loved On Beauty, and I’m currently reading NW. 🙂 I have about 50 pages of it left, and I must say I love it too. 😀
    Can’t wait to see what you think of White Teeth.

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    June 12, 2015
  12. Reblogged this on nengak johnson.

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    June 13, 2015
  13. I wasn’t actually that keen on White Teeth – liked the humour in it but wasn’t overly gripped by the stories. However I really enjoyed NW 🙂

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    June 13, 2015
  14. It is one of my favourite novels. Keep going it is wonderful.

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    June 14, 2015
  15. Gemmy #

    I haven’t read it but I have read articles/essays by Smith and her writing is so interesting so I think I will get myself a copy of White Teeth. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    June 18, 2015
  16. Best question ever, and almost always literary related: What am I doing with my life? 😀 I thoroughly enjoyed this one and found it a lot easier to read than On Beauty, which I never finished.

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    June 22, 2015
  17. I would really love to read this book thanks 🙂

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    June 22, 2015

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