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Zadie Smith

  Zadie Smith (born on 25 October 1975) is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her stories have influenced many all around the world. In a 2004 BBC poll of cultural researchers, Smith was named among the top 20 most influential people in British culture.  She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002.

By 2016, she has published five novels, all of her pieces have received praise and support. In 2003, she was included on Granta’s list of 20 best young authors, and then again was also included in the 2013 list. Smith has won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2006 and her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazine’s list of 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth is a 2000 novel by the British author Zadie Smith. It 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 is centered around Britain’s relationships with people from formerly colonised countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

White Teeth opens with Archie Jones trying to commit suicide in his car. It’s New Year’s Day in 1975, and Archie Jones has decided he’s had enough. Yet, like most New Year’s resolutions, his suicide is a fail. When his attempt gets interrupted, he takes this interruption as a sign that Life wants to keep him around. He immediately becomes thoroughly over joyed with living again. He ends up wandering around and catching the end of a New Year’s part; this is where Archie he meets the lovely Clara Bowden.

Samad, Archie’s unlikely best friend since they were in the same unit together in World War II, ends up marrying someone around the same time. His girl is Alsana Begum, who happens to be much younger than Samad. He and Alsana get on okay at first, but their marriage was arranged.

This book is one captivating book, it gets you hooked and holds you until the end. This story is one to remember, that’s for sure.

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