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Autumn: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize…
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Autumn: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 (Seasonal) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Smith Ali (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Seasonal Quartet (1)

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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"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:ashkrishwrites
Teoksen nimi:Autumn: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 (Seasonal)
Kirjailijat:Smith Ali (Tekijä)
Info:Penguin Books (2017)
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Autumn (tekijä: Ali Smith) (2016)

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I have found myself captivated by Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels (as I’ve been reading them in the order that they were released) and currently I’ve just started the last volume, Summer. In the beginning there was Autumn, and she introduced a fascinating style where she writes about how none of us are sure about how other people are experiencing time. She has created a book that seemed free of any hard and fast storyline. The form is much looser than a typical book’s group of characters marching through time as the clock and the calendar move forward. This luscious writing style is far beyond a few flashbacks here and there, and it seemed odd at first, but it then jelled for me, as it created a series of impressions and a general feeling for the book that quickly grew on me, capturing my attention.

Since I’m still reading the last part of this four-book work, I’ve pretty much remained just a simple reader and have not analyzed or pondered much about how she accomplishes all that she does in these books, I’m just going with the flow. I am entirely fascinated with how this literary experiment will end, but as my late wife, Vicky, continually pushed me, just experience the experience, don’t overthink it.

Digression. Say you’re traveling somewhere new, you have the choice to get all anal and attempt to capture everything with your camera, without really taking it all in with your own naked eyes. Or, you can choose to be in the moment, in that place, and take it all in like humans have done as long as we have walked the planet. Many, many years ago I went to the Grand Canyon, right after I’d gotten a large zoom lens for my 35mm camera. I shot a whole heap of film, focusing closer, and closer, and closer to spectacular formations. But it was only when I ran out of color film— just as the canyon started to display its spectacular sunset colors—that I quickly took just a few black and white shots, put my camera down, and then just looked and felt the pure awe of the moment. The large crowd of people standing along the canyon’s edge became almost magically and spiritually quiet. For years I would look at those B&W shots and remember how I was so stunned by the colors of that special moment in my life. That awe was the very opposite of me and my camera zooming in again and again, becoming a little less human with each adjustment of the lens. I’m a firm believer in being human on the edge of the world. I’m just saying.

Back to August, many of the reviews were mixed as people grappled for how to see, how to summarize this book. [What lens should they use?] At first, I was confused, but then I realized that it was a very special opportunity, and that I should just read on, and let it all happen. The novel got a lot of attention when it came out as the “first Brexit novel” and in the end, made The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017.

The book begins with Daniel Gluck dreaming that he is young again, or that he is possibly dead. There’s a relationship between Daniel and Elisabeth Demand that pops up throughout the book. Even though he’s sixty-nine years older than she is, their connection is very special. Initially, Elisabeth’s mother was wary of Elisabeth hanging out with their elderly neighbor. To me this relationship was the heart of the book, as we see them at many different points in time.

Here's some curious dialogue from their first meeting.
“Very pleased to meet you,” Daniel says the first time, to the 8-year-old Elisabeth. “Finally.”
“How do you mean, finally?” Elisabeth asks. “We only moved here six weeks ago.”
“The lifelong friends,” Daniel says. “We sometimes wait a lifetime for them.”

They continue to have fascinating conversations all through the book, touching on many subjects, where they both educate and entertain each other from their very distinctive viewpoints. Their interchanges are almost a world in themselves.

A loose connection with time fills the book, as this book could be the poster child for nonlinear writing. Smith will drop lines like “A minute ago it was June.” “Now the weather is September.” As one reviewer wrote about Smith, she is “exploring the connectivity of things: between the living and the dead, the past and the present, art and life. She conveys time almost as if it is happening all at once.” Also writing that Smith’s style is, ‘light and playful, deceptively simple, skipping along like a stone on the surface of a lake, brimming with humanity and bending, despite everything, toward hope."

This is one of those books that you’ll connect with and read with a fascination and an impatience to see what’s happening, or it simply won’t work for you. As someone over-the-moon for these books, I say to keep reading, you just might discover an incredibly unique world in these books—and just how often do you get a chance for that? ( )
  jphamilton | Mar 30, 2021 |
[Autumn] is the story of Elisabeth, a young woman living in Scotland, and her relationship with 100-year-old Daniel. As she sits by his bedside in an assisted living facility, she reminisces about their relationship. There is little in the way of plot, but much in the way of reflection and humor.

My favorite parts of the book are the scenes between Daniel and Elisabeth when she was a child. I would have loved to have had a mentor/friend like Daniel, who could open up the worlds of books, art, and storytelling. Elisabeth has no friends her own age, is not challenged academically, and receives only cursory care from her mother; but in Daniel she finds all of these.

I also enjoyed the humor in the depictions of Elisabeth′s everyday adult life. Her efforts to get her passport submitted for renewal at the post office were especially funny. Overall the writing is lyrical, yet sharp and clear, not flowery. It would have been a quick read for me, if not for the references to European current events. Some I understood, like the vote for Scottish independence and Brexit. Others I had to stop and google, for instance, about Pauline Boty, as well as Christine Keeler and the Profumo scandal.

Overall I enjoyed the book and have requested [Winter] from the library. ( )
  labfs39 | Mar 10, 2021 |
Una nena es fa amiga del seu veí mes gran de 80 anys. Quan ja de gran essent professora d'art a la universitat torna a visitar-lo a una residència on passa els últims dies de la seva vida. Tot el llibre és com un collage on va reflexionant fets passats i de la pròpia vida ( )
  Martapagessala | Feb 8, 2021 |
This opening novel in the Seasonal Quartet focuses on Daniel, an elderly man about whom we learn much more in future volumes, and Elisabeth, his next door neighbor who is a young girl when they first meet. We see Daniel and Elisabeth as they interact during her childhood/teens, and then years later when Elisabeth is a young woman is visiting Daniel in a nursing home. Despite what seems to be the lack of a strong plot, there is actually quite a lot going on. Once again there is a lot about art, and I particularly enjoyed learning about Pauline Boty, a British pop artist from the 60's I had never heard of, who died tragically young, and now seems to be having something of a resurgence.

Lots of the book is narrated in a somewhat stream of consciousness way, somewhat surreal and hallucinatory (as in the dreams of a 101 year old man on his deathbed). There's a lot of humor here too, Elisabeth's encounters with the bureaucracy being particularly funny. I think if I had read this first, I wouldn't have hesitated to commit to the whole quartet.

Recommended.
4 stars ( )
1 ääni arubabookwoman | Dec 30, 2020 |
3.5 - I am not sure I totally get Ali Smith's style. I liked the concept and the setting of it in a particular moment in time, but I struggled a bit. ( )
  Marshmalison | Dec 30, 2020 |
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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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