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On Beauty by Zadie Smith
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Jan 14, 2010

really liked it
Read in March, 2010

An excellent book, perhaps better than White Teeth. Some reviewers point out that the book deals with issues involving race, class, and gender. All this is true, but I would say that Zadie Smith's book is really focused on relationships and family. The book is filled with fascinating characters, who interact and change in surprising ways.

An important aspect of the book is that most of the prominent characters are women. They are very different characters (one is a perceptive wife and mother, another is a sage and enigmatic art-lover, another is a brilliant university student), but they all have a lot of depth, and defy expectations. In addition, Smith points out many things that women go through or are expected to do--things that are often ignored (by male writers, for example).

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