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Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant and very funny look at family life, marriage, the collision of the persona...

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“Black Buttocks”

published 07/06/2009

good characters, good thoughts, good style

deals with midlife crisis

ON BEAUTY BLACK BUTTOCKS I’m an ardent reader of contemporary British and American fiction, I’m not focussed on any specific author or subject and normally read what comes my way, but recently have decided to stay away for some time from 1) Campus Novels, i.e., novels set in the world of Academia...

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Enjoyable prose style, well-drawn characters...

Doesn't pack a punch in terms of the ending...

On Beauty is Zadie Smith's third novel. It was shortlisted for the man booker prize and won the Orange award for women writer's in 2005. Now it has to be said that I am not ordinarily a slave to awards and literary trophies. I decided to buy this book for two reasons. The first being that I felt...

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“On On Beauty”

published 29/07/2006

Hilarious, interesting social insights, good writi...

The plot isn't the most original and is sometimes ...

I decided to read this novel for two reasons: the critical acclaim it has received and because I like the title. The story centres around a mixed race family coping with the aftermath of the father's affair. They live in a college town near Boston, called Wellington, where the father, Howard...

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Competent writing, readable enough

Forster homage, writing seems bored in places

Zadie Smith's third novel centres on a mixed-race, mixed-nationality family growing up in the affluent white suburbia of Wellington. It opens with emails between a father and son on different continents, mirroring the opening of EM Forster's 'Howard's End' - a literary classic which Smith pays...

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Excellent

Impressive writing which delivers engaging dialogu...

The plot encourages reaction from the reader, I ha...

Zadie Smith has mastered characterization in this novel, as the memories, thoughts and feelings are central to this text, which feeds the plot. I actually laughed out loud many a time when reading this text as Smith has a wonderful way of writing comic and humorous descriptions and dialogue. The...

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