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The Accidental - Ali Smith
The Accidental
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The Accidental is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a family’s summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts–parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid–encounter... show more
The Accidental is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a family’s summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts–parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid–encounter Amber in his or her own solipsistic way, but somehow her presence allows them to se their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith’s exhilarating facility with language, her narrative freedom, and her chromatic wordplay propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.Ali Smith’s acclaimed novel won the prestigious Whitbread Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400032181 (1400032180)
ASIN: 1400032180
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 306
Edition language: English
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SilverMaris
SilverMaris rated it
3.0 Ali Smith: The Accidental
I love Ali Smith, and after reading How to Be Both and There but for the I wanted to explore more of her earlier work. The Accidental is stylistically perfect, but it left me a bit cold. The plot is simple: a family of four are holidaying in Norfolk, and during their stay a woman named Amber ap...
DES
DES rated it
My second book by Ali Smith and her writing chimes with me. Good psychological observations and surprisingly believable absurdity.
Kinga's Reading
Kinga's Reading rated it
2.0
Meh...it was a bit formulaic and a bit like the writer was trying too hard to be original. It was ok, but only just that.
Raging Biblioholism
Raging Biblioholism rated it
1.0 Accidental (Penguin Ink)
I quite simply found it to be a waste of my time. An exercise, not a novel. Annoying characters, a thoroughly ridiculous need for suspended disbelief, and no substance beyond the formal 'inventiveness' left me wanting a LOT more. I didn't hate it - but I certainly did not like it and found it to'...
BookRatMisty
BookRatMisty rated it
1.0 The Accidental
I ended up putting this down. It sounded cool, but I couldn't get into it.
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