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Autumn: A Novel - Ali Smith
Autumn: A Novel
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From the Man Booker–shortlisted and Baileys Prize–winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel—about aging, time, love, and stories themselves—that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal.   Readers love Ali Smith’s novels for their peerless innovation... show more
From the Man Booker–shortlisted and Baileys Prize–winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel—about aging, time, love, and stories themselves—that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal.   Readers love Ali Smith’s novels for their peerless innovation and their joyful celebration of language and life. Her newest, Autumn, has all of these qualities in spades, and—good news for fans!—is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781101870730 (1101870737)
ASIN: 1101870737
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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JB's Reading Life
JB's Reading Life rated it
2.0 Autumn
I'd never read any Ali Smith, so on the strength of reviews of Autumn I bought "How to be Both" from a charity shop. Then Autumn was on offer at a bookshop so I bought that too. Ali Smith does not write conventional stories, if this small sample is typical, rather she writes about incidents that hap...
All about me
All about me rated it
4.0 Autumn
I really enjoyed this book. It took a few passages to get into Smith's style, but once I got it I was hooked. It took me no time at all to read it.The writing had a rhythm to it at times, almost like it was poetry. This often helped me figure out who was the subject of the particular passage. I real...
MichaelM
MichaelM rated it
Dreams and memories float in and out of the main narrative concerning a woman who visits her older friend in a hospice. Both are dealing with post-Brexit Britain in humorous, cultured ways which may ultimately not be enough, funny as the novel is. Done in an experimental style that recalls BS Johnso...
Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie
Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie rated it
3.5 "Autumn" by Ali Smith - shortlisted for 2017 Mann Booker Prize
Set in 2016 Post-Brexit vote Britain, "Autumn" revolves around the experiences of a young art historian and the old man who helped her learn to see and think when she was a child. The story moves up and down the timeline of both their lives and flips from strange, presumably allegorical, dream seque...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
4.0 Review: Autumn
Autumn is a little crazy, but wholly beautiful. By a little crazy, I mean that to the average reader, it is a disjointed mess. By being beautiful, I mean that Smith has a way with weaving gorgeous prose. I haven't read enough Ali Smith to know if this is just her style—it is my third—but I'm beginni...
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