Sunday, February 21, 2021

Choice Bits: Special Sunday Edition

 On Beauty, by Zadie Smith, 2005 

The best RHYTHM in dialogue since J.D. Salinger, IMO. Everybody talks good. 

I could copy the entire novel because choice bits are everywhere. So I’ll just quote a few. 

In a classroom: 

 “…another girl who looked no older than fourteen with a railroad on her teeth.” 

Out in public (from when people congregated in public): 

“…they looked very happy—but what did that mean? Wellington couples had a talent for looking happy.” 

“Each couple is its own vaudeville act.” 

“They were smooth and bright, and their timing was wonderful, and they were young and hilarious. It was really something to see, they thought, and this was why they spoke loudly and gestured, inviting onlookers to admire.” 

“…she made you feel that just being in this moment, doing this thing, was the most important and marvelous possibility for you.” 

And here’s a discussion between Zadie Smith and another awfully good writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who I’ve cited in a previous Choice Bits. (Skip past the intro.) 

Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Zadie Smith - YouTube


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1 comment:

  1. Very good what you posted. I bookmarked for YouTube for later. Look forward to it. Again, you are poster mad.