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On Beauty
《美》
Zadie Smith
莎娣·史密斯
2005-10-12 9:44:29   
 
On Beauty
《美》
Zadie Smith
莎娣·史密斯

Synopsis

The Belsey family is multicultural as well as multinational. Howard is English, teaching art history at liberal Wellington College near Boston. His wife, Kiki, is from Florida, and as practical as her husband is intellectual.

Although they love each other dearly, Howard's waning career and wandering eye have caused a strain. Their children follow their own paths: Jerome is a Christian; Zora is a socially concerned intellectual; and Levi is trying to be a black man of the streets.

When Jerome falls in love with the daughter of Howard's archrival, Monty Kipps, the two families are thrown together in a personal and cultural battle. Although the romance sours, Howard and Monty's rivalry kicks up a notch, while Kiki and Mrs. Kipps develop an unlikely bond.

Intermingled with the analysis of family and marriage are commentaries on affirmative action, liberal versus conservative, and prejudices in many forms.


故事梗概

贝尔斯里一家有着不同的文化信仰,并且拥有不同的国籍。霍华德是英国人,在波士顿附近的惠灵顿大学教艺术历史。他的妻子琪琪来自美国佛罗里达。如霍华德相当聪明一样,他的妻子相当现实。


尽管他们深爱着彼此,但是霍华德日渐衰弱的事业和游离的眼神使二人的关系陷日趋紧张。孩子们有着自己的人生道路:杰罗姆信仰基督教;卓拉是个知识分子,十分关注社会问题;利瓦伊想做街上的黑道混混。



杰罗姆爱上了霍华德死对头蒙提·开普斯的女儿,两家陷入了个人和文化之争。尽管浪漫的气息逐渐在变味,霍华德与蒙提的矛盾在升级,但是琪琪与开普斯妻子却意外地产生了友情。




书中在讲述乐观的行为、自由与保守之间的对抗和不同形式的偏见的同时,诠释了家庭和婚姻的意义。




  Comment

This is a boisterous, funny, poignant, and erudite novel that should firmly establish Smith as a literary force of nature.
评价

本书内容喧闹、有趣、刺激并且充满知识性,一定能够让史密斯成为通过文学来表达自然的有力人物。

Introduction of Author

● Name: Zadie Smith

● Nationality: UK

●Age: 1975

●Position: author

● Other Masterpieces:

White Teeth

The Autograph Man

作者简介

○ 姓名:莎娣·史密斯

○ 国籍:英国

○ 年龄:1975

○ 地位:作家

○ 其他主要作品:

《白牙》

《署名人》

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