On Beauty

A Novel. Winner of the Orange Prize 2006. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2005

On Beauty by Zadie Smith, author of the prize-winning White Teeth, is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family.

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 Kipps - 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 Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

'The novel I didn't want to finish, I was enjoying it so much' John Sutherland, Evening Standard

'Thrums with intellectual sass and know-how' Literary Review

'Delightfully entertaining ... filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle' Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph

'My novel of the year ... Delicious' Liz Jones, Evening Standard

'Satirical, wise and sexy' Washington Post

'Heartstopping' The Times Literary Supplement

'A triumph, Smith's comedy shines' Daily Mail

'Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed' Guardian

Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays Changing My Mind, and also edited short story anthology The Book of Other People. Zadie Smith was chosen by Granta as one of its twenty best young British novelists in 2003, and as well as to Granta has contributed writing to the New Yorker and the Guardian.

Zadie Smith's new novel, NW, is available from September 2012.
Zadie Smith is the author of the novels
White Teeth,
The Autograph Man,
On Beauty,
NW and
Swing Time, as well as a novella,
The Embassy of Cambodia, and a collection of essays,
Changing My Mind, and editor of
The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013.
White Teeth won multiple awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the
Guardian First Book Award.
On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and
NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 464
Erscheinungsdatum 04.05.2006
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-102666-4
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 18/11.3/3.2 cm
Gewicht 264 g
Verkaufsrang 29912
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2 Bewertungen

Ganz nett ...
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Ratingen am 11.04.2011

Eine sehr detaillierte und recht unterhaltsame Persönlichkeits- und zum Teil Entwicklungsstudie. Die Hauptfigur Howard fand ich zwar eher unsympathisch, und was an dem Buch lustig sein soll, weiß ich auch nicht, aber die Familie als ganzes mit ihren Spannungen und Wiederannäherungen ist sehr spannend.

modernes romeo und julia
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Duderstadt am 26.03.2007

die geschichte an sich ist spannend und teilweise lustig zugleich. es ist shakespeares romeo und julia teilwesie sehr ähnlich und genauso mitreissend. für fans des alten ursprungs empfehlenswert, aber auch für moderne liebende lesenswert.