Autumn

Autumn

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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 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2016]
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101870730
1101870737
Branch Call Number: FIC SMIT
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm

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krsbozo
Dec 10, 2018

I like pretty much everything I've read by Ali Smith. Spare. Beautiful prose. Hard to define.

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xiaojunbpl12
Sep 11, 2018

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 etc.).

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Mooseum
Aug 19, 2018

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 balances this with a character whose imagination takes him into different realms.

I re-watched Alfie, a film I had not seen in many decades, just to see the few seconds of Pauline Boty inside the dry cleaners. What a treat.

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maipenrai
Aug 17, 2018

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. Mr Gault appreciates pop art which leads to an unintelligible discourse on Pauline Boty. Why? What were we supposed to learn? And Christine Keeler - another tangent that elucidates nothing about Elisabeth and Daniel. I agreed with the disgust over "immigrant hatred". I guess the double fences are like Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border. The only times that I liked the novel was when the story detailed the relationship between Elisabeth and Daniel. I wanted to know more about Daniel's history. VERY DISAPPOINTED. DO NOT RECOMMEND. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 07, 2018

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. Although not my favorite read; a book group discussion enhanced my appreciation.

GSPLjodie Dec 12, 2017

An immersive and intriguing read. I think I will need to read it again to fully appreciate the many storylines.

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bonnylass54
Dec 02, 2017

On NYT Ten Best Books of 2017 list.

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njon38
Sep 23, 2017

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 who in autumn of 2016 is 100 years old and Elizabeth who is 34 an unlikely friendship.

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laphampeak
May 30, 2017

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.

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stefhollmichel
Mar 15, 2017

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 typical Ali Smith.

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