Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Smith, Zadie "On Beauty"


Smith, Zadie "On Beauty" - 2005

After having read and liked "White Teeth". I found this in the library and definitely wanted to read it. A different kind of novel to her first  one, though it also describes a mixed-race family situation.

Again, I quite liked her style, the way she portrays the different characters. Apparently, an homage to E. M. Forster's "Howards End". The fact that she manages to make this into a very modern story shows how timeless a writer she is.

Zadie Smith was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for "On Beauty" in 2005. 

From the back cover:
"Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kippses - 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 Kippses, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family."

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