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On Beauty - Zadie Smith

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

Progood characters, good thoughts, good style

Consdeals 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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ProEnjoyable prose style, well-drawn characters...

ConsDoesn'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

ProHilarious, interesting social insights, good writi...

ConsThe 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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ProCompetent writing, readable enough

ConsForster 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

ProImpressive writing which delivers engaging dialogu...

ConsThe 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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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 personal and political, and an honest look at people's self-deceptions. Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in a small college town in New England. Whilst he struggles to revive his passion for his African-American wife Kiki, his three teenage children are seeking loves, ideals and commitments of their own. And after Howard's disastrous affair with a colleague, his sensitive eldest son Jerome escapes to London for the holidays, where he defies everything the Belseys represent by going to work for Trinidadian right-wing academic and pundit, Monty Kipps. Jerome falls for Monty's beautiful, capricious daughter, Victoria, but their short-lived romance has long-lasting consequences, drawing these very different families into each other's lives...

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Type: Fiction, Audio CD

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: On Beauty

Author: Zadie Smith

ISBN: 014101945X; 0141026669; 0141888318; 0143037749; 0241142938; 0241142946; 1594200637; 1594200734

Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks

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