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Mar 06, 2021maipenrai rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
I hated this book and am sorry that I wasted my time finishing it. I found the rhyming annoying rather that wonderful. The authors "joyful celebration of language" only served to obscure communication. I had difficulty finding continuity.…
Nov 06, 2020OIPgayle rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Very original voice. Loved this book
Sep 14, 2020laurahobson rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Lovely book
May 31, 2020Einer2 rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
Just not my cup of tea.
Jan 04, 2019TheresaAJ rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
If you want a novel with a linear plot, this isn't the book for you. Rather, it's a series of lyrical vignettes that explore the relationship between Daniel Gluck, 100+ years old and his young neighbor, Elizabeth who was born in 1984. …
Dec 10, 2018krsbozo rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I like pretty much everything I've read by Ali Smith. Spare. Beautiful prose. Hard to define.
Sep 11, 2018xiaojunbpl12 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I love the word play and punning! Worth my repeated rumination. Poetic, and profound. Alas, I couldn't develop more interests in and linger longer on life's seasonal cycles, 60s modern art, and contemporary societal issues (immigrants…
Aug 19, 2018Mooseum rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Ali Smith has an idiosyncratic style to her writing which is appealing to me. She is at once present and not present. Can one be both? She is a time traveler. She makes fun of the ways that people think we should be, or behave, and…
Aug 17, 2018maipenrai rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
I hated this book and am sorry that I wasted my time finishing it. I found the rhyming annoying rather that wonderful. The authors "joyful celebration of language" only served to obscure communication. I had difficulty finding…
Apr 07, 2018orange_lobster_23 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Smith explores inter-generational friendship, end-of life, mother-daughter relationships, art history and being female in post-Brexit England. She also acquaints the reader with recently re-discovered 1970's poster artist Pauline Bott.…
Dec 12, 2017GSPLjodie rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
An immersive and intriguing read. I think I will need to read it again to fully appreciate the many storylines.
Dec 11, 2017ArapahoeAndrew rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Beautifully written; I found myself going back to reread passages not for plot but for appreciation.
Dec 02, 2017
On NYT Ten Best Books of 2017 list.
Sep 23, 2017njon38 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is the first installament of what she intends to be her Seasonal quartet. It is a meditation on aging, art, love, friendship, sexism. she is a wonderful wordsmith using wonderful prose and wordplay and puns. The characters are Daniel…
May 30, 2017laphampeak rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Sensitive, imaginative, bumpy at times. This novel invites elements of art history, literature, love, and rebellion all taking place during main character's renovation of old rundown house.
Mar 15, 2017stefhollmichel rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A lovely book in which not much happens while at the same time quite a lot happens. Not exactly the post-Brexit novel but definitely takes place after the vote and addresses immigration and belonging as well as identity and protest. Fairly…
Feb 21, 2017uncommonreader rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a novel to be read slowly and savoured at its many levels. It is about post-Brexit England. It is about the long friendship between a woman and a man she first met as a young child and who opened up her life and introduced her to…