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On beauty : a novel

Autore: Zadie Smith
Editore: New York : Penguin Press, ©2005.
Serie: Book club kit.
Edizione/Formato:   book_printbook : Fiction : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn't like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long-suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children passionately pursue their own paths: Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Fiction
Bildungsromans
Tipo materiale: Fiction, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Zadie Smith
ISBN: 1594200637 9781594200632
Numero OCLC: 61396956
Riconoscimenti: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 2006.
Orange Prize for Fiction, 2006.
Descrizione: 445 pages ; 25 cm
Contenuti: 1. Kipps and Belsey ---
2. Anatomy lesson ---
3. On beauty and being wrong --
Author's note.
Titolo della serie: Book club kit.
Responsabilità: by Zadie Smith.
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Abstract:

Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn't like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long-suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children passionately pursue their own paths: Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals can redeem everybody, and Jerome struggles to be a believer in a family of strict atheists. Faced with the oppressive enthusiasms of his children, Howard feels that the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale. Or the encore. Then Jerome, Howard's older son, falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right-wing icon Monty Kipps, and the two families find themselves thrown together in a beautiful corner of America, enacting a cultural and personal war against the background of real wars that they barely register. An infidelity, a death, and a legacy set in motion a chain of events that sees all parties forced to examine the unarticulated assumptions which underpin their lives. How do you choose the work on which to spend your life? Why do you love the people you love? Do you really believe what you claim to? And what is the beautiful thing, and how far will you go to get it?

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da ajb (Utente WorldCat su 2005-10-10)

A death, and an unexpected legacy, force two very different families to examine their deceptions, beliefs, and their very existence. Smith is the author of White Teeth and The Autograph Man.

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On Beauty was written by Zadie Smith, who is the same age as E.M. Forster when Howard's End [ISBN: 0679406689] was published. This is a nice parallel as she explicitly evokes Forster's novel as a model. I owe this interesting fact to Frank Kermode's review of the book in the London Review of Books...
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I enjoyed "White Teeth" and "On Beauty" did not disappoint. I enjoyed the language, the setting, and the characters very much. She has beautiful descriptions of everyday events (I clearly remember a reference to the "democratic snow" of the northeast) and she is wonderful at pulling away and zooming...
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