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"This is the most political book thus far in this earthy and humane series. Its heart is worn far out on its sleeve. It beats arrhythmically somewhere down near the knuckles....Smith's vision isn't fundamentally pessimistic, however. There's too much squirming life in her fiction, slashes of cleansing light for those who seek it." - New York Times

"Her best book yet, a dazzling hymn to hope, uniting the past and the present with a chorus of voices."-- The Guardian

From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and Winter , as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both , comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

Spring. The great connective.

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door.

The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story?

Hope springs eternal.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Hamish Hamilton,, 2019
ISBN: 9780670070053
Branch Call Number: FIC SMI
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 25, 2020

A simple plot enriched with clever correlations of time, place and people, a stronghold on timely references and timeless meanings, but it was a drag for me to toil through a Spring off the radar of my expectation.
I grew impatient with (the building blocks) monologues in the delusional deliberated persistently, and the preachy inflicted occasionally.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Jun 10, 2019

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

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