Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Opening Sentence of the Day: On Beauty

One may as well begin with Jerome's emails to his father.

-- On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

This book won the Orange Prize in 2006 and has been waiting for me on my iPod since about then. 

I knew absolutely nothing about the book before I started it -- I hadn't read the cover or anything about it, except that it had one the prize.  Sometimes I like jumping into a book like that with absolutely no expectations.

I am halfway through the audio version and enjoying it very much. Whatever I may have guessed the book to be about, I did not expect it to be an Ivory Tower novel and family drama.  Pleasant surprise, since a novel of academia crossed with an Aga Saga is a genre made for me.


  1. I have wanted to read this book for awhile! Most of the time I prefer knowing very little about a book before I start it.

  2. Looking forward to your review -- the characters seemed so unappealing I've skipped this one but if you enjoy it, I might have to reconsider!

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  4. The first sentence is a good opener. Hope you enjoy all of the book!


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