On Beauty by Zadie Smith audiobook

On Beauty

By Zadie Smith
Read by Peter Francis James

Blackstone Publishing 9781594200632
18.82 Hours 1
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Englishman Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn't like Rembrandt, is a professor at Wellington, a New England college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children 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 atheists. Then Jerome, Howard's older son, falls for Victoria, the daughter of right-wing icon Monty Kipps, and the two families find themselves thrown together, provoking an honest—and honestly funny—look at people's self-deceptions.

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Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book: Europe and South Asia

Winner of the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award

Winner of the 2006 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction

A 2005 Man Booker Prize Finalist

A 2005 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

A 2005 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

A 2005 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction

A 2005 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Fiction

A 2005 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction

A 2005 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

A 2005 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book

Englishman Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn't like Rembrandt, is a professor at Wellington, a New England college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children 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 atheists. Then Jerome, Howard's older son, falls for Victoria, the daughter of right-wing icon Monty Kipps, and the two families find themselves thrown together, provoking an honest—and honestly funny—look at people's self-deceptions.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A thoroughly original tale…Wonderfully engaging, wonderfully observed…That rare thing: a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining, as provocative as it is humane.” New York Times
“A thing of beauty. Oh happy day when a writer as gifted as Zadie Smith fulfills her early promise with a novel as accomplished, substantive, and penetrating as On Beauty.” Los Angeles Times
“Smith’s specialty is her ability to render the new world, in its vibrant multiculturalism, with a kind of dancing, daring joy…Her plots and people sing with life…One of the best of the year, a splendid treat.” Chicago Tribune
White Teeth brought Zadie Smith worldwide acclaim when she was in her early twenties, leading some people to fear she might be one of those brilliant one-shot hotshots. But after The Autograph Man and now On Beauty, it’s evident that Smith is a writer for the long haul, an artist whose books we will look forward to every few years, a real and deeply satisfying novelist. E.M. Forster would be proud.” Washington Post
On Beauty is a rollicking satire…A tremendously good read.” San Francisco Chronicle
“[An] ambitious, hugely impressive new novel… Sheer novelistic intelligence—expansive, witty, and magnanimous” Guardian (London)
“The British author returns to biting, frequently hilarious form…In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty’s only skin-deep, but funny cuts to the bone.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This is a boisterous, funny, poignant, and erudite novel that should firmly establish Smith as a literary force of nature.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Zadie Smith

Author Bio: Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the critically acclaimed author of various bestselling novels, including White Teeth and The Autograph Man. She was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area.

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Available Formats : MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 18.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English