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On Beauty

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  • On Beauty (Penguin Books Ltd) – Mass-market paperback (2006)
    by Zadie Smith

    On Beauty

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Books Ltd
    2006
    464 pages

    ISBN: 014101945X
    ISBN-13: 9780141019451

    Zadie Smith's "On Beauty" is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family. Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set in New England mainly and London partly, "On Beauty" concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal ... Show more

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Reviews of On Beauty

Overall customer rating: 5.000
The Pageturner
by The Pageturner on Apr 1, 2011

With each page of this book, I became more deeply involved with the story. The language was spectacular and the humor was sophisticated. There were several times I laughed aloud because of clever puns and quick wit. I loved the characters and how the story evolved. The only thing that I slightly disliked is that the drama escalated too much and was drawn out for two long. Smith could have cut the book in half and still had an excellent story. As it became more complicated and complex, it was more difficult for my mind to follow and actually became stressing. However, I adore the quality of this book, it is a very rich read and I highly recommend it.

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WriteOn

Smart and sassy

by WriteOn on Jun 17, 2008

This book was my introduction to Zadie Smith, and I still can't believe people haven't told me about her before. I am trained as a family therapist, and Smith captures the subtle and not-so-subtle quirks of family life with accuracy and style. A fresh, captivating read for lovers and haters of American culture.

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philart

Beautiful

by philart on Jan 22, 2008

Smith has the gift of creating beautiful and flawed characters - ones we love and hate simultaneously. Beyond the references to E.M. Forster and Rembrandt, she challenges her audience to question the value of beauty and the role it places in our lives. On Beauty is a superbly written novel, with the poetry of Nick Laird gracing its pages.

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Emily11507

Smith's best novel so far

by Emily11507 on Jul 9, 2007

All of Zadie Smith's novels are brilliant, but On Beauty surpasses her earlier works for prose style, rhythm, character development, and plot movement. Everything about the novel is pitch perfect, and her loving satire on the academy matches the best of A. S. Byatt and David Lodge.

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