A New York Times Bestseller Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in a college town in New England. Married young, thirty years later he is struggling to revive his love for his African American wife Kiki. After Howard has a disastrous affair with a colleague, his sensitive older son escapes to England for the holidays, and ...
A New York Times Bestseller Howard Belsey is an Englishman abroad, an academic teaching in a college town in New England. Married young, thirty years later he is struggling to revive his love for his African American wife Kiki. After Howard has a disastrous affair with a colleague, his sensitive older son escapes to England for the holidays, and defies everything the Belseys represent by going to work for a right-wing academic.
Good. Book LARGE PRINT hardcover withdrawn from the library collection. Some shelf wear and edge wear to the covers. A card pocket pasted on the inside back cover page. Stamped at the page edge by the library. Tight binding! The pages flow brightly and clearly in LARGE PRINT from beginning to end. Enjoy this useful edition.
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.
Jun 17, 2008
Smart and sassy
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.
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.
Jul 9, 2007
Smith's best novel so far
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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