On Beauty by Zadie Smith

On Beauty

Zadie Smith

fiction contemporary literary emotional funny reflective medium-paced

445 pages | first published 2005

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Having hit bestseller lists from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, this wise, hilarious novel reminds us why Zadie Smith has rocketed to literary stardom. On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university to...
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Summary of 4560 reviews

Moods

emotional 69%
reflective 68%
funny 54%
challenging 29%
sad 17%
tense 15%
hopeful 10%
dark 7%
lighthearted 6%
inspiring 5%
informative 4%
relaxing 4%
mysterious 2%
adventurous 1%

Pace

medium 56%
slow 40%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 76% | A mix: 19% | Plot: 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 49% | No: 30% | Yes: 19%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 3%

Average rating

3.83

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