Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Review #209 - On Beauty by Zadie Smith

On Beauty
Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

 

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.
 
 
 
My Rating: 2.5/5
 
 
I read this book as part of my 1001 Books to Read Before You Die challenge where I read one book from the list a month.
 
 
I found this book extremely hard to get into. It is really long and drawn out and extremely slow paced. However, I was never bored whilst reading.
 
 
The only characters I really didn't like were Howard and Victoria. The rest of the characters, although I didn't love any of them I was able to find positives about them.
 
 
I found all the characters to be selfish and overall I don't think they were fleshed out enough.


I liked this book alot more than what a rating of 2.5 suggests, but I didn't think rating it a solid 3 was fair to the other books which I liked alot more that I have rated 3.



1 comment:

  1. Hmm...I've heard really interesting things about Zadie Smith.
    I love your idea of reading one of the 1001 books each month. It makes that giant list seem much more manageable!

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