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Zadie Smith’s uneven musings
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
I love Zadie Smith’s novels and I think she is a wonderful writer. Having exhausted her novels, I turned to her essays.
Some of them are brilliant, and most of them are well- crafted pieces. I loved her acceptance speeches, in Germany and the Philip Roth speech in America. I loved her reminiscences about her family.
What lost my interest were the many magazine articles talking about authors I was unfamiliar with or art exhibits that I had never heard of, for which I certainly can’t blame the author. I found her juxtaposition of Justin Bieber with the late philosopher Martin Buber ridiculous, though I’m sure every time I read something of Buber’s work, which I do from time to time, I won’t be able to get Justin Bieber out of my mind.
I think I will wait anxiously for Zadie Smith’s next novel.