On Beauty On Beauty

On Beauty

A Novel

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Publisher Description

One of the New York Times’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

Winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction, another bestselling masterwork from the celebrated author of Swing Time and White Teeth

"In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty's only skin-deep, but funny cuts to the bone." —Kirkus Reviews


Having hit bestseller lists from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, this wise, hilarious novel reminds us why Zadie Smith has rocketed to literary stardom. On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars—on both sides of the Atlantic—serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political. Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny, this tour de force confirms Zadie Smith's reputation as a major literary talent.


GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2005
September 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
464
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Scott's take on things ,

Eye of the Beholder

This book takes place in Boston and Smith penetrates its location as she does London in her other novels. One focus is academia and the feud between two of the protagonists is perceptive and funny. Smith captures the all too often pretentious and toxic world of woke academia in a way that resonants precisely in 2023.

marjorie8888 ,

Characters Beautifully created

A study of people who think they know their direction. Excellently written.

Kikigee ,

Beautifully written ... but what else?

I was really expecting more from the plot with this novel. The character development was there, yet each character was unlikeable and the “climax” of the book was at the end and was barely climactic at that. I was lead on by the positive reviews but the story was a bore to me.

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