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Paperback  ↠ On Beauty PDF/EPUB ñ Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn t like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was Their three children passionately pursue their own paths Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals can redeem everybody, and Jerome struggles to be a believer in a family of strict atheists Faced with the oppressive enthusiasms of his children, Howard feels that the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale Or the encoreThen Jerome, Howard s older son, falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right wing icon Monty Kipps, and the two families find themselves thrown together in a beautiful corner of America, enacting a cultural and personal war against the background of real wars that they barely register An infidelity, a death, and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that sees all parties forced to examine the unarticulated assumptions which underpin their lives How do you choose the work on which to spend your life Why do you love the people you love Do you really believe what you claim to And what is the beautiful thing, and how far will you go to get it Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith s third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people s deceptions It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed


10 thoughts on “On Beauty

  1. Kinga Kinga says:

    Before we talk about Zadie Smith, let s talk about me first Here is something you should know I was a serious book worm up until I turned 16or less at which point I lost all interest in anything that wasn t parties, boys, alcohol, drugs or sex There, I said it For the next five years my brain didn t see much action I somehow managed to finish high school and got accepted into the University of


  2. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    When I say I am not a people person, I mean I can find five reasons to hate someone, anyone, within ten minutes of meeting them in real life As consequence of this and the desire to not let overwhelming anger ruin my life, I am always putting myself in the other s place, years of which have both calmed me down and sharpened my analysis to the quick However much I initially dislike you, I will al


  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    The truth in this quote sends shivers down my spine It s so real, like all of Smith s writingStop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone The world does not deliver meaning to you You have to


  4. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    This is a book full of unbeautiful people obnoxious teenagers, philandering academics, stuffy professors, right on street rappers, wispy rich kids andobnoxious teenagers Zadie takes a scalpel to Anglo American academic relations, probing away at the race class issues with her usual mordant unflinching cruelty and compassion She plants a series of depth charges in the lives of her wibbling characte


  5. Helene Jeppesen Helene Jeppesen says:

    Contrary to a lot of people s opinions, I loved this book The first couple of chapters were unpredictable and refreshing, and the rest of the book was an amazing story about family life, marriage problems, racism, growing up, and beauty I loved every single character, and while especially one of them behaved irrationnally, it was entertaining and informative to read about his decisions and the ensu


  6. Katie Katie says:

    On Beauty begins as a kind of cover version of EM Forster s Howards End but it soon becomes evident that Zadie Smith has far too much creative brio to bind herself to someone else s inspirations It s like she s soon magically improvising around a couple of central riffs The interesting thing perhaps is that most of the weaker parts of this novel are when she s holding closely to Forster s parameters


  7. Fabian Fabian says:

    Smith accomplishes much in this, her third novel Autograph Man was sadly not memorable enough White Teeth , the novel that quickly turned her into the valedictorian of all modern young writers, was epic but also did not engage me too much On Beauty is exceptionally readable, relevant modern, complicated, witty She s honed her skills, one must be a lil jealous.Like I told G just yesterday it contains


  8. Audrey Audrey says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m beginning to think the problem isn t the books, but me I was really, really primed to like this book Not only had one friend spoken favorably of it, another had seen to it that the book was carried all the way from Malawi, Africa to New York and then sent to me I am embarrassed to report I had a hard time even finishin


  9. Paul Paul says:

    I find myself liking Zadie SmithandThe blurb about this wasn t immediately promising another novel about a middle aged academic having an affair resulting in a family and personal crisis However, there is muchgoing on Smith herself has acknowledged that it is an Homage to Howard s End The author creates a multitude of voices, all interesting in their own right It is set in a fictional American universi


  10. karen karen says:

    i read this too long ago to write a proper review of it, but this is a little heads up if anyone wants to check out a summer reruns list i made over here do so love making lists i read this too long ago to write a proper review of it, but this is a little heads up if anyone wants to check out a summer reruns list i made over here do so love making lists


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