Carry on campus

25 03 2007

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

On beauty

3 star

Although the writing feels effortlessly stylish and assured, the story seems overstretched and just, well, a bit dull in places. And it really is difficult to feel any sympathy for any of the characters at all. The setting on a US university campus should make things a bit more lively, the issues around race, age and intellectual debate should make it a bit more fun but unfortunately they don’t. A few amusing interludes but too few to really make this genuinely enjoyable.

A real pity given the all round excellence of White Teeth and jolly good outing of The Autograph Man.

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