On Beauty

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Howard Belsey, a long suffering professor at Wellington College, is married to American Kiki, who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Howard feels the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale.
What do they say on beauty
Of course the thick-as-a-brick novel has a lot of sub-themes. The 2nd generation come in and out. Politics among departments of Humanities in a Bostonian academy is another unavoidable backdrop. But to me it's all about the dysfunctional relationship...Continua
Iris
Wrote 5/20/12
An ambitious try, indeed, but not quite successful: after reading the masterpiece that is "White Teeth", I had great expectations for "On Beauty", and very few of them were actually met. Characterisation is good here and there, but overall too sketch...Continua
All about relationships
It's a weird novel. I closed the book with disappointment, because there seems to be a plot which is diluted, sometimes lost, definitely not solved as one would expect. But a book is not just about its ending, maybe. If one would take it as just an o...Continua
Mag
Wrote 7/14/11
A strange book. I can't say I love it, and I almost stopped reading one third through, but then I kept going because it was unlike any other book I've read. There were some interesting parts, but it was a bit dispersive, and it didn't really have a s...Continua
Camilla Zu
Wrote 6/25/10
Expected something more...
Actually, after the great "White Teeth" I expected something more by Zadie Smith's "On beauty". Dialogues, Black British references and background are always well displayed throughout the narrative, but the story fails catching the attention and enth...Continua

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