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On Beauty by Zadie Smith
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This is one of those books that I can acknowledge and appreciate is very good, with excellent writing that delves deep into race, class, gender, and societal convention/unconvention, but it just didn't resonate with me emotionally the way I think it was meant to. I love a sprawling family drama, but the level of interest I had in various storylines was so mismatched that the bad ones (Howard, ugh) tore me away from the ones I found fascinating (Zora in the poetry class), and the number of them gave short shrift to some I thought could be really compelling (the painting and the will) while making others feel like afterthoughts (the rivalry of the professors, which seemed like it would be the main plotline and ended up feeling like an aside).
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Reading Progress

July 15, 2017 – Shelved
July 15, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
June 12, 2019 – Started Reading
June 12, 2019 –
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June 12, 2019 –
17.0%
June 15, 2019 –
57.0%
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: female-author
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: women-s-prize
June 17, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed
June 17, 2019 – Finished Reading

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