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On Beauty (Courtney Novels) (MP3 CD)

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Race, class, sex and guilt/
a liberal college town/
Middlemarch re-vamped.

— Blair

Long a huge fan of E.M. Forster, Smith pays homage with this modern retelling of Forster’s masterpiece Howards End. The results are terrific—a big, old-fashioned novel about class and family. Smith’s writing appears effortless; the plot is just as pertinent now as it was in Forster’s day, and her characters live and breathe like members of your own family. 

— Rico

Zadie Smith understands people the way Dostoevsky understood people: the ways in which where they come from and who they come from influence where and how they end up. Reading this book is like joining another family, and though every member is flawed - to say the least - each character feels like a real person. A nearly perfect book.

— Jess


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780792738404
ISBN-10: 0792738403
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: October 1st, 2005
Language: English
Series: Courtney Novels
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