Spring

Spring

Book - 2019
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Publisher: [Toronto] :, Hamish Hamilton,, 2019
ISBN: 9780670070053
Branch Call Number: FIC SMI
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
Jul 05, 2019

This is the darkest book yet in Smith's seasonal quartet, focusing this time on the detention of migrants in the UK. The references are Pericles and the artist Tacita Dean. Smith's critique of climate change and social media is right on.

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tapestry
Jun 25, 2019

Ali Smith is an exciting writer. Her style is fresh, the topics are up to date. I look forward to her next book.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 10, 2019

This third title in Smith's seasonal quartet brings together an aging filmmaker and a young guard at one of Britain's immigrant detainee centers. As one mourns a lost friend and the other wonders about life's purpose, their paths collide in the Scottish highlands. The author's original use of language, metaphors, and parallels to current British politics keep her readers enthralled. A memorable cast of minor characters rounds out the novel.

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Mooseum
Jun 02, 2019

There is something utterly contemporary about Ali Smith's writing. It is compelling, or it might be off putting if you're expecting a typical narrative. The characters are of the moment, and she places them squarely in their time, while also ruminating the past.

Smith also includes contemporary culture into her stories, for instance by referring to artist Tacita Dean, and Noname's music. The British editions of her seasonal series have contemporary covers by David Hockney. This American edition offers the detail of Summer, 1922 by Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev.

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krsbozo
May 14, 2019

I love Ali Smith. I love her language and her characters and how her stories move. I love the subjects she tackles in this book, especially. I like when the prison guard talks with the young girl. Those conversations were magical to me. I hope Ali Smith continues to write a book every year...

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TheresaAJ
Jun 10, 2019

"Spring-cuckoo month, grass-month. In Gaelic its name means the month that fools mistake for May."

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