"Glorious. Wonderfully engaging, wonderfully observed...that rare thing: a novel that is as affecting as it is entertaining."
New York Times
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 party, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kippses - 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 Kippses, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.
Zadie Smith has played her On Beauty as a comic satire. She has presented many aspects of the ugliness in human beings and laughed at people’s blindness towards the nature of beauty. One major issue in the novel is Howard’s mid-life crisis. He has an aff...