On Beauty


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WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER From the acclaimed author of Swing Time, White Teeth and Grand Union, discover a brilliantly funny and deeply 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 between New England and London, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It ...

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The Pageturner

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.


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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