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Winter Bleak Frosty wind earth as iron water as stone so the old song goes And now Art's mother is seeing thingsCome to think of it Art's seeing things himselfWhen four people strangers and family converge on a fifteen bedroo Winter is the second book I ve read by Ali Smith Public Library and Other Stories was the first one Both times I had to recalibrate my brain according to the following rules in order to enjoy the reading experience Slow down the book is short but you can t speed through it Give in to the lack of linearity allow yourself to float and flit in time Open up to the impressionistic feel of the story and language working too hard to understand what s happening seems to defeat the pointThe book is told primarily through the voice and eyes of aging Sophia and her adult son Art The hub of the narrative is a Christmas in England when Sophia Art Sophia s sister and Art s pretend girlfriend come together in Sophia s house Sophia s mind seems to be failing so her thoughts skip to different time periods all the while revealing her as challenging and prickly Art is a tad odd too somewhat awed and beleaguered by his mother trying or less to make sense and gain some control over his own lifeIn the background contemporary news flows in from time to time referring to Trump as the US president suggesting political chaos beyond the personal chaos of these charactersI m not really doing Winter and Smith justice Winter is not a book for everyone but I really enjoyed the writing the characters and feel of it once my brain fell in sync with the book s sensibilityThank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy

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Winter author Ali Smith

Follow up to her sensational Autumn Smith's shapeshifting novel casts a warm wise merry and uncompromising eye over a post truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens art and lo 45 Stars God was dead to begin with And romance was dead Chivalry was dead Poetry the novel painting they were all dead and art was dead Theatre and cinema were both dead Literature was dead The book was dead Love was deadDeath was deadA great many things were deadSome though weren t or weren t dead yet Imagine being haunted by the ghosts of all these dead things Imagine being haunted by the ghost of a flower No imagine being haunted if there were such a thing as being haunted rather than just neurosis or psychosis by the ghost if there were such a thing as ghosts rather than just imagination of a flower this isn t a ghost story though it s the dead of winter when it happens a bright sunny post millennial global warming Christmas Eve morning Christ too dead and it s about real things really happening in the real world involving real people in real time on the real earth uh huh earth also dead Winters can be isolating leaving one feeling alone and desolate Depressed Fearful Too many hours of darkness And cold The landscape appears picked clean except where it is covered with snow It is natural an instinct perhaps to be filled with caution when surrounded by a cold uninviting world reshaped reformed redesigned perhaps even if it is the one we ve found ourselves in before in one sense or another Smith brings you into the season where life seems fragile where you re looking at a world coated in ice wrapped up in the fake news reports of the day and seats you at the family dinner table for a Christmas get together when Smith s four main characters include a son Art his mother Sophia his Aunt Sophia s sister Iris and his make believe pretend Croatian Canadian girlfriend Lux pretending to be his former girlfriend Charlotte who broke up with him right before they were due to leave for this delightful holiday with his MumThe thing about Art is that he lives or less in his own world oblivious to the world around him Art has a blog Art in Nature which he writes based on Google searches and stories he writes that are not strictly fact based about his nonexistent visits to these spots He also has a job working for a company researching copyright infringement When Art and Lux Charlotte arrive Lux whose very name speaks of illumination she attempts to lighten Sophia s life health and emotions and Sophia responds by sharing of herself her stories with Lux than she has with Art As Lux sees Sophia in not thriving condition she convinces Art that they should call Iris Sophia s sister The sisters had a very contentious relationship in the past but Lux is hopeful that Iris will help her sister The four of them not unlike the four seasons of the year each uniue and unlike the other connected by some tenuous thread that binds them together in this moment in time Tying this to Smith s Autumn are some of the political issues from the past and present time also from Autumn there are some direct connections some easily seen others are slightly hidden An artist that was a significant point of discussion in Autumn is referenced and another female artist features somewhat in Winter A postcard picture referenced There are also some historically relevant social causes discussed comparing the past to the present Brexit Trump the unavoidable topics if you re basing a story in this time and placeI really loved Ali Smith s Autumn and I was hoping that I would have similar feelings to those I d had with Autumn when it came time to read Winter I was not disappointed God help us every one US Pub Date 9 Jan 2018Many thanks for the ARC provided by First to Read

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M house in Cornwall for Christmas will there be enough room for everyoneWinter It makes things visible In Ali Smith's Winter life force matches up to the toughest of the seasons In this second novel in her Seasonal cycle the I ve so many thoughts I can t uite sum up the brilliance of Ali Smith s Winter other than by saying it s blown me away It s like a great conversation that makes you think all the thoughts I ve loved it I ll review properly when my brain stops fizzing from the immediacy of reading it


10 thoughts on “Winter author Ali Smith

  1. says:

    I’d love to chat all day about the seasons but I’ve work to do he saidWhen I first read this book I along with many others missed a key connection between it and the first volume of the uartet Autumn Reading Winter again now after just reading Autumn for the third time I firstly find it hard to believe we all missed that connection and secondly was delighted by how much knowing that connection changes the book for

  2. says:

    You're reading the book about the leaves again It's not the same book Same cover image different seasonSo no leaves floating about

  3. says:

    Winter is the second book I’ve read by Ali Smith Public Library and Other Stories was the first one Both times I had to recalibrate my brain according to the following rules in order to enjoy the reading experience Slow d

  4. says:

    This isn’t a ghost story though it’s the dead of winter when it happens a bright sunny post millennial global warming Christmas Christmas too dead and it’s about real things really happening in the real world involving real people in real time on the real earth uh huh earth also dead And here’s another version of

  5. says:

    OK I surrender Upgraded to 5 stars as Ali Smith has made complete fools of us all myself includedEveryone spent so long looking for micro links between the two novels no one at least not in any review on GR as at 9 November 2017 had spotted other than as the merest teasing hint the glaring and very explicit link between the two books the Daniel Sophie tryst in Paris that is in the first pages of Autumn and the last pages of Win

  6. says:

    ‪I’ve so many thoughts I can’t uite sum up the brilliance of Ali Smith’s Winter other than by saying it

  7. says:

    uite enjoyed this though for me it lacked the urgency inspiration and poetry of Autumn At times it read like an inferior version of the same novel Perhaps though my bad for reading this immediately after finishing

  8. says:

    Martin Amis said that there seems to be a reuisite period of time before one can write about historical events especially catastrophes He was referring to 9 11 and his first publication about it—The Second Plane—which did not appear until 2008 Ali Smith however in Winter seems to be writing about Brexit and T—may his name remain anathema—as it happens Barely a month could have passed between the time Lord Soames in the House of Co

  9. says:

    45 Stars ”God was dead to begin with“And romance was dead Chivalry was dead Poetry the novel painting they were all dead and art

  10. says:

    It has taken me a while to get round to this one although its predecessor Autumn was one of my favourite books on last year's Booker list I had too much else to read when this one was released in hardback The new paperback made this an ideal time to catch upIf anything it is even better than Autumn just as topical but with a tighter plot I will start with a uote that for me could eually apply to Ali Smith herself I think you cou