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Autumn (2016)

por Ali Smith

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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"--… (mais)
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 Booker Prize: 2017 Booker Prize longlist: Autumn by Ali Smith12 não lido / 12theaelizabet, Outubro 2017

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  AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
This book looks at England in the years leading into Brexit. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 15, 2023 |
Beautiful ( )
  victorier | Aug 23, 2023 |
Initially, I really thought I was going to love this book. Elisabeth is a fantastic character, and if the whole book had just focused on her and her witty insights, her relationship to Daniel, her strong personality, it would have been a five star read for me.

Unfortunately, it didn't.

And even more unfortunately, there was only one other aspect (of MANY) that I enjoyed, and that aspect still involved Elisabeth and her relationship with a caring neighbor, Daniel.

Everything else in this novel really didn't work for me:

- There's a whole lot of "autumn as a metaphor" with repeated references to leaves and tree trunks and falling leaves. Strained.

- A big part of the book revolves around Elisabeth's thesis. She focuses on a woman, Pauline Boty, the only female pop artist whose talents have really been hidden and sublimated to her male contemporaries. Daniel introduces Elisabeth to Pauline's work by describing her paintings (Zzzzz). Yeah, there's a lot of descriptions of paintings which could not bore me more. I like art. I just don't like descriptions of art apparently.

- Daniel is very old and is in a nursing home of some sort. He has these surrealistic dreams. Honestly, these fall into the same category as magical realism for me. Maybe a little worse. I'm sure there's some important symbolism in there somewhere . . .but I struggled to stay focused enough to ascertain it.

- Finally, there's some political statements woven in about Brexit - - which is fine, but I thought the context wasn't strong enough to really make me care.


Bottom line, I cared about Daniel and Elisabeth's relationship, but Elisabeth is the only character that really felt fully realized to me. The book tried to be something much, much bigger, and for me it didn't hit the mark, but I can see how others might like the use of language which was distinctive. There's also some instances of tremendous wit, and I did enjoy that . . .just needed more of it to overcome the rest. The whole thing just didn't have a cohesive feel to me, but the originality, the tremendous female protagonist, the interesting use of language, and the wit lead me to give it a third star. If I was going on my personal enjoyment alone, it would definitely be two stars. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
It’s about memories, art, love of the aching, tender, unrequited kind, all against the backdrop of the cruelty of post-Brexit (or post-Trump) uncivil society. Replete with the lovely, lyrical wordplay that I adore Ali Smith for. ( )
  Charon07 | Jan 29, 2023 |
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Spring come to you at the farthest,
In the very end of harvest!
William Shakespeare
At current rates of soil erosion, Britain has just
100 harvests left.
Guardian, 20 July 2016
Green as the grass we lay in corn, in sunlight
Ossie Clark
If I am destined to be happy with you here –
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Gently disintegrate me
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For Gilli Bush-Bailey
see you next week

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It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Again.
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All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they'd really lost. All across the country, people felt they'd really won. All across the country, people felt they'd done the right thing and other people had done the wrong thing.

The lifelong friends, he said. We sometimes wait a lifetime for them.
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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"--

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