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Beautifully written in precise, poetic prose that successfully evokes the love of like for like ― OBSERVER
I have been looking forward to seeing Ali Smith's novel since reading FREE LOVE and I have not been disappointed. I've thoroughly enjoyed the book, I love Ali Smith's prose - clear and lucid and at the same time full of little quirks and subtleties that make hers an individual voice. Not only was the novel beautifully written but it was fascinating reading ― Kate Atkinson
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- Publisher : Virago; 1st edition (2 August 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1860493173
- ISBN-13 : 978-1860493171
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 3.81 x 19.69 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 589,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whilst some people may have issues with the apparent loose ends in the narrative, to me, this serves to make the book more poignant and meaningful. As with the relationships of the characters in the book; life isn't perfect and is full of unresolved stories and significances that can only be half guessed at. There is no single version of events and our memories are flawed. This is no more true than in the interactions between two people, where each person brings different histories, prejudices and expectations to the party.
I am a fan of The Accidental but found There But For The, also by Ali Smith, harder work. This book had me hooked, however, particularly in the second half when the story of Ash held a light to some (although not all) of the events in the first half of the book, whilst brilliantly depicting the beauty and vulnerability of childhood and adolescence.
Reminds me very much of A Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes for the lack of, what might be considered, a comprehensive and traditional ending but therein lies the beauty of this book.
Written in an exciting unique way. It touched my emotions right to the last word.