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Satunnainen (2005)

– tekijä: Ali Smith

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Barefoot, thirty-something Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer, insinuating herself into their family. Dazzled by her seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives under the searing lens of Amber's perceptions. When the mother Eve finally banishes her from the cottage, Amber disappears from their sight, but not--as they find when they return home to London--from their profoundly altered lives. Fearlessly intelligent, disarmingly playful, "The accidental" is a Joycean tour-de-force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth, the role of chance, and the transformative power of storytelling.… (lisätietoja)
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    Bee Season (tekijä: Myla Goldberg) (sharlene_w)
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    The Past (tekijä: Tessa Hadley) (shaunie)
    shaunie: Both feature families retreating to an idyllic summer house, but Hadley's book thankfully doesn't have the clever-clever touches which sometimes mar Smith's work.
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    Swimming Home (tekijä: Deborah Levy) (kitzyl)
    kitzyl: A family on holiday whose lives are disrupted and changed forever by a mysterious interloper. The author is known for being experimental with literary styles.
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    Ihan tavallisena päivänä (tekijä: Kate Atkinson) (Sarasamsara)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 103) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Ali Smith is a daring writer who loves to push the boundaries of what writing can be. While reading this novel, there were times when I felt completely in sync with her writing, like she was writing from inside my head. The first chapter was very loosely structured, skipped nimbly from subject to subject, often in partial sentences, and was like how my mind operates, with a stream-of-consciousness quirkiness.

Then, Smith would pull out of that style abruptly, and I would feel abandoned and not connecting to anything that replaced it. At those times I would find myself actually disliking how her writing made me feel, and I would start to skim the pages, hoping for another transition in style or character. It would have been explainable if I was extremely sleep-deprived or indulging with alcohol or smoke, but that was not happening … this time. This leaves malfunctioning gray matter, or simply the wrong time for this particular book as the cause. Maybe rotating between being inside so many character’s heads was more than I wanted to experience. I’m left not sure about Ali Smith. She absolutely thrills me with her loose and experimental style at times, and then comes very close to boring me a few pages later. It leaves me confused about how she does—all of it.

Those first pages were so very golden for me, similar to the following review in The New York Observer. “Beautifully executed …. A few pages [in} and you begin to remember how much fun it is to put yourself in the hands of a skilled, majestically confident writer …. Delightful.”

Her writing continually changes all through this story of the Smart family. The book centers on the family of four: mother Eve is a writer, stepfather Michael is a philandering professor, the son Magnus is 17, and the fascinating, and novel’s most central figure is 12-year-old Astrid. But the driver of so much of the action is Amber, a very free-spirited thirtysomething blonde vagabond who suddenly shows up on their doorstep … possibly because of a broken-down car. Amber is all over the place with every one of the family members, almost like some shapeshifter. These encounters with Amber also cause everyone in the family to look closely at how they related to her and to each other.

A very telling John Berger quote leads the reader into this curious story. “Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public narratives being offered to give a sense to that life, the empty space, the gap, is enormous.” There are three sections to the book (The Beginning, The Middle, and The End) and each of the Smarts gets their own part of each section. The reader learns each character’s thoughts, and it makes for an entirely swirling story with all those viewpoints. And in the end, you find yourself wondering what’s it all about, what does Amber really represent in the story, and is it all about how families survive or what tears them apart? I don’t have the answers. Maybe when I reread the book someday, I’ll discover them … maybe not. ( )
  jphamilton | Jun 8, 2021 |
Astrid Smart is bored. She has been dragged out of school by her parents for a so-called ‘holiday’ in Norfolk, but in reality a break from London to allow her mother to finish her latest book. Her step-father, an academic, is more interested in popping back to London so he can seduce his latest student fling than in anything Astrid is doing. And her elder brother Magnus has not spoken to anyone for weeks and will hardly come out of his room. So Astrid is surprised when she comes downstairs one morning to discover a stranger lying on their sofa. At first her father thinks that her mother has invited the stranger, while her mother assumes the opposite, and by the time the family realise that the woman, Amber, has been invited by no one she has become strangely entangled with each member of the family.

I usually like Ali Smith but I struggled a little with this one. Divided into three sections (the beginning, the middle and the end) each section is subdivided into the story from the point of view of the four members of the Smart family. This device works well and emphasises the somewhat dysfunctional nature of the family relationships. But the sections are separated by fragments of what sometimes seems to Amber’s story and sometimes Amber reimagining her life as cinema...

‘But my father was Alfie, my mother Isadora. I was unnaturally psychic in my teens, I made a boy fall off his bike and I burned down a whole school. My mother was crazy, she was in love with God. There I was at the altar about to marry someone else when my boyfriend hammered on the church glass at the back and we eloped together on a bus. My mother was furious. She’d slept with him too.The devil got me pregnant and a satanic sect made me go through with it. Then I fell in with a couple of outlaws and did me some talking to the sun.’

It’s quite fun to spot the film, but I have no idea how those sections relate to the rest of the book, or what they mean. And I found reading a book where the beginning and end seem to have no link to the rest of it oddly unsatisfactory... ( )
  SandDune | Mar 10, 2021 |
A Super-TOB comment said it best: "September 2020 was not the right time for me to read The Accidental. I can appreciate what Ali Smith was trying to do, but my brain needs more plot and less introspection right now." ( )
  _janson_ | Jan 22, 2021 |
I'm not really sure what I made of this. I think I liked it on the whole, but there was something about it which made me feel like it was a bit imbalanced. Whilst it focused on one family, I felt like there was a lot of detail about some of the characters, but the others felt less well developed. The book was very obviously set in a particular time-period with references to current affairs which I usually enjoy, but I just felt a bit like this was a bit too disjointed for me to fully get into.
Several trusted book friends have recommended more recent Ali Smith books to me, so I think I'll give them a go because I saw flashes of stuff that I could definitely read more of. ( )
  Marshmalison | Dec 30, 2020 |
I just finished listening to The Accidental on audio book. Talk about original! It’s the story of the ironically named Smarts: professor Michael, writer Eve, teen bully Magnus, and pre-teen bully victim Astrid. A fifth wheel, Amber, careens into their lives and throws them all for a loop. Each character has a unique voice, not just as a person, but as a literary invention. Eve speaks in question-and-answer interview format like the historical recreations that she writes; Michael speaks an entire chapter in verse; Magnus has an alter ego named “Hologram Boy”; and twelve-year-old Astrid is still seeking a voice, trying out phrases like “typical and ironic” and “i.e.” And Amber speaks in movie allusions, since she was conceived in a cinema.

It’s an amazing book, as Astrid would say. It addresses not just bullying, but adultery, writer’s block, and the ways in which we are vulnerable to the kind of fraud Amber commits on the whole family. It shines with motifs of light, photography, and cinema. I found it far more complex than The Sea, and the twist at the end has a much more satisfying kick to it. I highly recommend it, and I can’t believe that Banville won the Booker Prize over Smith and Ishiguro. Harumph.
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  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 103) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Ms. Smith can do suicidal teenage angst and middle-aged ennui, a 12-year-old's sardonic innocence and an aging Lothario's randy daydreams with equal aplomb. And in riffing on the stream of consciousness form, pioneered by such high-brow litterateurs as Joyce and Woolf, she manages to make it as accessible and up to the minute (if vastly more entertaining) as talk radio or an Internet chat room.
 
The awkwardness of the novel's moralizing is all the more disconcerting given its fine, lustrous texture on the page. Smith is a wizard at observing and memorializing the ebb and flow of the everyday mind — Astrid musing that "hurtling sounds like a little hurt being, like earthling, like something aliens from another planet would land on earth and call human beings who have been a little bit hurt." The close-up is Smith's forte. Her long shots need a little work.
 

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Barefoot, thirty-something Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer, insinuating herself into their family. Dazzled by her seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives under the searing lens of Amber's perceptions. When the mother Eve finally banishes her from the cottage, Amber disappears from their sight, but not--as they find when they return home to London--from their profoundly altered lives. Fearlessly intelligent, disarmingly playful, "The accidental" is a Joycean tour-de-force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth, the role of chance, and the transformative power of storytelling.

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