Autumn

Autumn

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2017 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdon is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.
Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet--four stand-alone books, seperate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)--and it casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d'esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history making.
Here's where we're living. Here's time at its more contemporaneous and its most cyclic.
From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, a story about aging and time and love and stories themselves.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780670070039
Characteristics: 264 pages ;,22 cm.

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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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uncommonreader
Feb 21, 2017

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 art, including the amazing work of Pauline Boty. It is about time and its many aspects. It is about autumn. The first book of a Seasonal Quartet.

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