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Sobre la bellesa (2005)

de Zadie Smith

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When Howard Belsey's oldest son Jerome falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right-wing Monty Kipps, both families find themselves thrown together, enacting a cultural and personal war against each other.
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    Dear Committee Members de Julie Schumacher (charl08)
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    La Trama matrimonial de Jeffrey Eugenides (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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Given how great [WHITE TEETH] is, I was really looking forward to [On Beauty].

The characters tried too hard to be characters and there were none to connect to,
while the plot was simply mostly boring, with some finely tuned descriptions of nature woven in. ( )
  m.belljackson | Mar 26, 2022 |
This is just people being mean to each other, without any benefit to themselves or the reader. Cambridge and Boston didn't feel real, though they were supposed to be gritty, I guess. England felt like a far more real place in the few chapters set there.

Occasionally, the gears and levers showed. In the first paragraph of one chapter, I knew the new character was a throwaway, and sure enough, she disappeared in the next chapter.

If you want to watch people make mistakes and not learn, maybe this is for you. ( )
  wunder | Feb 3, 2022 |
Definitely witty, but not really lovable. This spot-on satire of the world of universities and academia is laugh-out-loud funny. However, I found most of the characters unlikable, and any attempts to make them relatable - Zora's unrequited crush, for example - just made them seem pathetic. I know that this book is an homage to Howards End, and some scenes are pretty much lifted from the original, but I think it ultimately failed to deliver Forster's message of "Only connect." ( )
  doryfish | Jan 29, 2022 |
Zadie Smith is a gifted writer. This novel has very rich characters in Kiki, a large black woman, married to Howard, white art history professor. They have 3 children, Jerome, Zoor, Levi and live in a upper middle class suburb of Boston. Zadie Smith can equally describe what it is like to be an adolescent, a middle age white academic and a would be gangsta! This novel deals with race issues from all family members point of view. It deals with infidelity in marriage and crisis of youth. A beautifully written novel ( )
  Smits | Jan 26, 2022 |
This story was a little too long winded, but nevertheless a good read. ( )
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
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On Beauty" is that rare comic novel about the divisive cultural politics of the new century likely to amuse readers on the right as much as those on the left. (Not that they'll necessarily be laughing in the same places.) Yet Smith is up to more as well: she wants to rise above the fray even as she wallows in it, to hit a high note of idealism rather than sink into the general despair. How radical can you be? Blame it on her youth.
 
Beautifully observed details of clothing, weather, cityscapes and the bustling human background of drivers, shoppers and passers-by are constantly being folded into the central flow of thought, feeling and action, giving even the most mundane moments - Levi riding a bus into Boston, Howard setting up a projector - a dense, pulsing life.
 
On Beauty is quieter. There is a complicated story making up by richness of implication what it lacks in exuberance. The culture of the Boston campus is set among the other cultures such a city harbours. Carl, the outsider who enters the story because of the muddle at the concert, is far from being a replica of Leonard Bast. He’s an exponent of rap culture – and it is a culture, unlike Bast’s pathetic aspirations. The power of his rap has to be explained, and indeed the author intervenes personally to endorse it: ‘the present-day American poets, the rappers’. The mufflered pink-cheeked charm of a New England campus in winter is very agreeably rendered. The row between Professor Belsey and Kiki when she finds out he’s been cheating is as deft as anybody could make it, he with his stumbling, evasive academic dialect and she with her ‘personal’ language and naturally inflexible notions of fidelity and honour.

In a late scene Kiki is sorting out her children’s accumulated belongings. As she is carrying two bags of her elder son’s ‘pre-growth-spurt clothes’, we are told:

Last year, she had not thought she would still be in this house, in this marriage, come spring. But here she was, here she was. A tear in the garbage bag freed three pairs of pants and a sweater. Kiki crouched to pick these up and, as she did so, the second bag split too. She had packed them too heavy. The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.

What makes this passage brilliant is that the sententia at the end, though it may be true, is somehow made ironical because it is Kiki, there among all the random evidence of her love, who is uttering it, and not some cheat, some intellectual, some person of recognised authority. She is the measure of Zadie Smith’s powers at 30, Forster’s age when he published Howards End.
 

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