There But For The Pdf Summary
There but for the is the sparkling satirical novel by bestselling Ali Smith. ‘There once was a man who, one night between the main course and the sweet at a dinner party, went upstairs and locked himself in one of the bedrooms of the house of the people who were giving the dinner party . . .’ As time passes by and the consequences of this stranger’s actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbours and the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they at first appear.
There but for the was hailed as one of the best books of 2011 by Jeanette Winterson, A.S. Byatt, Patrick Ness, Sebastian Barry, Boyd Tonkin, Erica Wagner and Nick Barley. ‘Dazzlingly inventive’ A.S. Byatt ‘Whimsically devastating. Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting’ Guardian ‘A real gem’ Erica Wagner, The Times ‘Eccentric, adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read’ Literary Review ‘If you liked Smith’s earlier fiction, you will know that she enjoys setting up a situation before chucking in a literary Molotov cocktail then describing what happens’ Sunday Express ‘Wonderful, word-playful, compelling’ Jeanette Winterson ‘Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today’ Daily Telegraph ‘I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul’ Evening Standard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, beautiful writing.
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2012
Ali Smith’s work has always been refreshing and energizing, and in “The But For The” she has branched out in new and profoundly exciting ways. Her beguiling prose and uncanny sense of dialogue will steal your heart, making it almost impossible to stop reading, until you find yourself in the early hours of the morning, exhilarated, wondering if you can go to work on no sleep and survive only on the energy the pages have given you. (You can. I discovered that). It’s that rarest of all books, one you yearn to re-read almost immediately the last page has ended. And indeed, that is exactly Smith’s intent, as the stories circle round, nudging us to go back to page one with fresh eyes. Re-reading then becomes a truly enriching experience – the patterns in the prose leap out in greater detail, the humor is even more entertaining, and the ironies deeper.
I’ve bought several copies of this book. That’s because each time I’ve “loaned” them to friends, knowing full well I’ll never get them back. Yes, it’s that good. So do not hesitate for one second. Buy this book.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2013
This book was chosen for our Book Club (not by me!). Apparently there “had been good reviews” according to the club member who had chosen it. Also, this writer has supposedly some pedigree. I personally never heard of her (?him) – I was not interested in finding out more about the author, once I started reading; this was a chore that I had to get through for our discussion. No member of the club liked the book. One of our more articulate and eloquent members tried to explain it in “post- modern” terms, but this is no excuse for poor grammar, no resolution of plot-lines and smug self-indulgence – (all those terrible puns and bits of Wikipedia information about various subjects). Whatever happened to quotation marks and a new paragraph for each speaker so one can follow the dialogue and actually know who is saying what? As a possible polemic on the modern individual’s disintegration, disappointment and ultimate need to disconnect from society, I thought this was a total failure. Using privileged, ill-informed, middle class characters who are supposedly “traumatised ” by normal adversity is so tired and overdone, as is using a precocious child as a narrator.
About Ali Smith Author Of There But For The pdf Book
Ali Smith There But For The pdf Book, born in Inverness, Scotland, to working-class parents. She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D. that was never finished. In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a year and how it forced her to give up her job as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde to focus on what she really wanted to do: writing. She has been with her partner Sarah Wood for 17 years and dedicates all her books to her.
There But For The pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Hamish Hamilton; 1st Edition (June 28, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241143403
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241143407
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.67 x 1.34 x 8.74 inchesGet
- Dimensions : 5.67 x 1.34 x 8.74 inches
- Customer Reviews: 3.5 out of 5 stars 196 ratings
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