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Spring | Ali Smith
From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and Winter comes the highly anticipated third novel in the acclaimed Seasonal Quartet. On the heels of Autumn and Winter comes Spring, the continuation of Ali Smith's celebrated Seasonal Quartet, a series of stand-alone novels, separate but interconnected (as the seasons are), wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories.
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Hooked_on_books
Spring | Ali Smith
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Mehso-so

I liked the previous two books in this series, but this one just didn‘t quite work for me. I appreciate the themes and Smith‘s anger, but I felt like I couldn‘t quite grab onto it. Not sure if it was me or the book. I will say I absolutely love the US covers of this series—they‘re gorgeous!

Graywacke It‘s not just you. I also found it very light. Does still has her unrestrainable cleverness. 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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Pickpick

The 3rd book in Smith‘s Seasonal Quartet.

Richard is making some big life decisions and grieving a good friend.

Brit is following Florence on her quest to find a place on a photo.

A book about the important decisions on life, immigration and as usual there‘s focus on culture. This time especially the authors Katherine Mansfield and Rilke.

5th book finished for #MarvellousMarch
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Spring | Ali Smith
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Scotland any minute, Brit says
But I don‘t have a passport, the girl said.
You don‘t need one, Brit says. Not for this border. Not yet, anyway.
How do you mean not yet? the girl says.
Well, Scotland and England, Brit says. Goes without saying.
What does? the girl says.
Different countries, Brit says.
Will we be able to see it? the girl says.
Scotland? Brit says.
The difference, the girl says.
She jams herself against the window.
Actually I think

AnneCecilie we may already be in Scotland, Brit says. I didn‘t see any border, the girl says. Did you see it? I don‘t see anything different. 6mo
johncadams I'm sorry, but Nottingham is in the wrong place! 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Spring | Ali Smith
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What‘s your first name? Brit said
F, the girl said.
That made Brit laugh out loud.
What‘s it really, she said.
Florence, the girl said.
Well, if you‘re Florence, does that make me the machine? Brit said.
The girl looked delighted. Brit felt weirdly elated to have delighted anyone.
Come on. People must make that joke at you all the time with a name like Florence, Brit said.
They do. But usually they say, where‘s your machine, Florence, or

AnneCecilie something like that. Nobody‘s actually declared themselves my machine before, the girl said. (edited) 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Spring | Ali Smith
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Now what we don‘t want is Facts.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

jlhammar Love Ali Smith! Her Seasonal Quartet is so good. Enjoy! 6mo
AnneCecilie @jlhammar I love them too and are rereading them now. Just in time for the 5th book Companion Piece comes out. 6mo
jlhammar @AnneCecilie What! I hadn't heard about Companion Piece yet. I am beyond excited. Thank you! 6mo
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andrew61
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Ali Smith is seething with righteous anger at the state of our nation and in the 3rd of the seasonal novels her target is our treatment of immigrants as well as a lyrical attack about social media + the hate it creates. The story itself is abt a TV director who loses his close friend/confidant as he embarks on a new project + somehow finds himself stranded in Scotland where he chances on 3 unique women incl a magical teenager. Brilliant writing.

Cathythoughts Great review! What are you up to ?! 😄monopoly & strange little creatures.. 👍🏻 nice pic 11mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy, it was a display in the library and I realised I hadn't recorded the book. It was a display of toys and that is the famous peppa pig 🐖 11mo
CarolynM Great review! 11mo
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AliceFaustus
Spring | Ali Smith
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Spring...

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 13mo
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booksandbellyrubs
Spring | Ali Smith
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Spring - Ali Smith (Dutch translation: Lente)

I read Winter recently and if you heard me talking about it you know how I'm feeling about the seasonal quartet. Still loving it!

I'm really craving some 'appropriate' weather right about now! All we're getting is rain and more rain. This pic was taken on a rare dry and sunny day and I'm living vicariously through it.

#newhere #litsyreads #readingbuddy #tuesdaytidbits #DogsOfLitsy

CarolynM I loved all 4 of the seasonal quartet. 14mo
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Liz_M
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Richard, an aging director, grieving the loss of his friend and collaborator, throws over a project for a spontaneous trip north. Brittany, a bright young woman unable to attend university, now working at an Immigration Removal Center, is compelled to accompany a fey child north. The narrative skips between the two narrators, between Autumn and Spring. Each section is prefaced with experimental passages which are either off-putting or brilliant.

Liz_M 4⭐ This is my April #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Liz_M
Spring | Ali Smith
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@The AromaofBooks I finally took a few moments to create my April #BookSpinBingo board. #BookSpin is Spring (so appropriate!) and #DoubleSpin is Khirbet Khizeh, my pick for #FoodandLit #Israel.

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emilyhaldi
Spring | Ali Smith
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Well I didn‘t get to my #bookspin choice 🤨 (tagged) but I did read the #doublebookspin as well as a few others... I had a hard time concentrating this month 😣 but going to try again for April!
#bookspinbingo

TheSpineView Still a very good showing! 👍 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Well done!👏🏻 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!! 1y
Reviewsbylola You did awesome! 1y
emilyhaldi LOL I thought March was bad!! @Reviewsbylola I‘ve read 1 book so far in April and might just be able to start a second one today... 🥴 1y
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daena
Spring | Ali Smith
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Next up!

Cathythoughts Lovely cover on The Warden 2y
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melissajayne
Spring | Ali Smith
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Got this in the mail today #bookmail

TheAromaofBooks I just can't believe it finally made it!! 2y
melissajayne @TheAromaofBooks me too! ☺️ 2y
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emilyhaldi
Spring | Ali Smith
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March Bingo card ready to go! Really excited to read the tagged book for #bookspin 🌷 as well as #doublebookspin , Breasts and Eggs, once it arrives from book depository 😅 And I‘ve finished one very strategically placed book yesterday 😉

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Omg I hope you get to When Breath Becomes Air. I‘ve read it three times. ❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I started it this morning 🥲 2y
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nocto
Spring | Ali Smith
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I'm happy with getting 5 of my #bookspin books ticked off for February, as I didn't feel like I was getting much reading done. My partner assembled some new bookcases and tidied up all our books which seems to have resulted in me losing my doublespin book, which wasn't quite the idea behind squeezing in new bookcases! It'll turn up at some point I'm sure, but for now it is quite firmly AWOL.

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nocto
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Finished up my February #bookspin book. My favourite of the quartet so far. I love the total loopiness of Ali Smith, but this actually felt like I was beginning to see a picture emerging from all the jigsaw pieces that were laid out in Autumn and Winter. Of course my mind might just be making that up! I‘ll see what happens when I get into Summer in a couple of months time.

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nocto
Spring | Ali Smith
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This is my February #bookspin book! I love the David Hockney‘s on the covers of this series.

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SW-T
Spring | Ali Smith
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Looking for a good series, but aren‘t sure where to start? There are some interesting ones on the list in several genres, including mystery, romance, and fantasy. The tagged book is also on the list. I‘ve read the ones from Armstrong, Locke, Wells, Arden, and Cole.

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/good-book-series?position=0&source=multicontent&tar...

#series #bookseries #seriesbooks #seriesbinge

SockieLady I've read four of the series in this list: the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden; Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab; the Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco; and Legacy of Orisha by Tomi Adeyemi. All of them were excellent. 2y
SW-T @SockieLady Good to know! I‘ve been thinking of trying the Chupeco trilogy. I‘ve only read book one of the Schwab trilogy. I have the first Adeyami, but haven‘t read it yet. My TBR runneth over.... 2y
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mutlee
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Word genius! Ali Smith is seriously talented!

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BrownGirlReading
Spring | Ali Smith
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Panpan

This was a huge let down for me. I had to read it for the Booktube Prize, since Wi was judging Round 1 Group C. Deals with interesting themes but the experimental lifeless writing left me behind. I wouldn‘t recommend it unless you like that d‘import of thing. The whole thing felt very gimmicky to me.

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CarolynM
Spring | Ali Smith
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1. Spring by Ali Smith (there's my literal mind again)
2. Haigh's chocolate Easter Bilby
3. Roses, especially the strongly perfumed ones
4. Lemons in the fruit bowl

#friyayintro

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TheEllieMo
Spring | Ali Smith
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A slightly obvious choice for #Spring

#MarchMadness @Eggs

Eggs 💗📚👏🏻🤗💗 3y
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jenniferw88
Spring | Ali Smith
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OriginalCyn620 📚😊💚 3y
Lindy Great choice. 💚 3y
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Butterfinger
Spring | Ali Smith

March TBR:
GR-Spring,I Married a Communist,Joseph,1Q84
IRL-Little Fires Everywhere
MiddleGradeMarch-Free Lunch,Ghost Boys,Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler
BookSpin-HalfBroke Horses
LMPBC-Across the Universe
NordicNoir-Conspiracy of Faith, The Stonecutter, The Fire Witness
ChildrensBookChallenge-The Doll's House
LittenWriters-Secrets of Eden, The Missing, Front Steps of Harlem Avenue
NWC-Fantastic Mr. Fox

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kalinichta
Spring | Ali Smith
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Mehso-so

I wasn't really feeling this installment in the Seasonal Quartet, and I can't quite put my finger on why. It didn't bring me as much joy as Autumn and Winter. I didn't wonder over Smith's way with words like I did the first two.

Oh well, still looking forward to Summer (the book, not the season - I hate the season).

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AnneCecilie
Spring | Ali Smith
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December 4th - #Adventrecommends day 4

This year, the third book in the seasonal quartet came out, Spring. This was just as good as the previous two. Spring is about present day Britain, the refugee crisis and asks “Who is it a crisis for?”

I‘m counting down for the fourth and last book.

charl08 Me too! 3y
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kathedron
Spring | Ali Smith
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Mehso-so

I've reached the conclusion that I admire Ali Smith's ability to write her Seasons quartet more than I enjoy the actual books. She does catch the mood of the times! Or *a* mood of the times: believe it or not there's more than just hate and Brexit happening here, though not deemed headline-worthy.
I'm surely missing many artistic references and their significance.
I came away feeling not trust in the changing seasons so much as bashed by polemic.

Graywacke Interesting. I thought Autumn and Winter managed the literary nuance better - that between thought-provoking and moralistic. 3y
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Magslhalliday
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

I loved this, and took my time reading it in order to savour it. It has a great structure and uses strong voices to draw out its themes.

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Kazzie
Spring | Ali Smith
Pickpick

I liked winter better, but the writing is lovely

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Graywacke
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Snuck this one in over a weekend two weeks ago without even a note here. I adore Ali Smith, and I liked this a lot. But I noticed this one is a lot thinner than the first two seasons, and the most plainly political - she interviewed UK IRC employees and refugees. Our prophet buried herself in the present. The first two left me with more to think about. Still, this is a nice addition to our times. What will Summer bring?

CarolynM I loved this too, but I thought it was less overtly political than Autumn or Winter. The characters and their individual stories were stronger in this one, I thought. 3y
Graywacke @CarolynM hmm. Depends on perspective, maybe, and other things difficult to quantify. Appreciate your thoughts. 3y
CarolynM Perspective, definitely. The social divisions surrounding the Brexit debate I thought were strong in the first two - very much British politics. This one discusses issues that are being felt all over the western world and seem to me to be as much a moral as a political argument. 3y
Graywacke @CarolynM I think there was time when I separated moral and political stances, but being American, W corrected that, and with Trump it‘s plain as day. He‘s openly immoral. And we have learned that underneath the politics is a moral code. They are inseparable on this side of the pond. That perspective is maybe why I see her book as more political and you see it as less - the immortality of mishandling refugees is here a political question... 3y
CarolynM Yes, I take your point. 3y
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Lindy
Spring | Ali Smith
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I compiled brief comments about some of my June reading highlights on my blog: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2019/06/june-2019-reading-round-up.html

TrishB I misread the first line as reading isn‘t common for me- what I said! Then reread 😁 3y
Lindy @TrishB Rereading and reading... yes, the meaning of the sentence is very different with that switch. 3y
TrishB Exactly 😁 3y
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rmaclean4
Spring | Ali Smith
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Lots of travel this month! Read one of the best books of the year as well as completed several reading challenge books:
Spring: Ali Smith 📖 5 🌟
The Hearts Invisible Furies: John Boyne 🎧 3 🌟
An American Marriage: Tayari Jones 🎧 4 🌟
Late in the Day: Tessa Hadley 📖 3.5 🌟
Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl: Andrea Lawlor love 📖 2 🌟
Currently reading David Copperfield, Circe and I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

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BookwormM
Spring | Ali Smith
Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion

I did not enjoy this addition to the quartet too political, too jerky and not the usual touches I have come to expect from Ali Smith.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2866713666?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

jillrhudy Thinking about bailing. The first two essays (not really chapters) were terrific tour de forces, but having a hard time getting into the third chapter. (edited) 3y
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Redheadrambles
Spring | Ali Smith
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Somehow this one did not make any connection with me, maybe it is my mood or my expectations were too high. I have enjoyed the previous books of the quartet but this was just too fragmentary for me. Just when I thought I had hold of a story strand we would digress into some other topic. It is like the reading equivalent of staring at imagery that is far too busy, there is no where for the eyes to rest and it starts to give you a headache

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RatherTooFondofBooks
Spring | Ali Smith
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Today I finally spent my birthday book vouchers! My birthday was earlier this year so I‘ve had them a while! I got Spring by Ali Smith, The Girl Aquarium by Jen Campbell and S by J. J. Abrams! I‘m so excited to read all these books! #BookHaul #amreading

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rmaclean4
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Brilliant! Her quartet of books based on the seasons are a commentary of our current times. A must read and one of Ali Smith's best. This will be one of the top books that I read this year. All the 🌟's

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Lindy
Spring | Ali Smith
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What if, the girl says. Instead of saying, this border divides these places. We said, this border unites these places. This border holds together these two really interesting different places. What if we declared border crossings places where, listen, when you crossed them, you yourself became doubly possible.

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Lindy
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Ali Smith is keeping it surreal, which is her special way of keeping it real. Her prose sings a song that offers us hopeless hope: that we can change; that art somehow makes space for us to breathe; that we can stop being afraid of other people who are different in some ways from ourselves. Heartbreaking beauty that resonates with the truth of our times.

Centique Beautifully said! 3y
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Lindy
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What do you do there? her mother said when she‘d been a fortnight into the job.

I‘m a DCO at one of the IRCs employed by the private security firm SA4A who on behalf of the HO run the Spring, the Field, the Worth, the Valley, the Oak, the Berry, the Garland, the Grove, the Meander, the Wood and one or two others too, she said.

Brittany, her mother said. What language are you speaking?

(Internet photo)

batsy This is so perfect for our times. 3y
Lindy @batsy Sadly, yes. 3y
CarolynM Such a good book. She really nails the awful attitudes of the modern world.☹️ 3y
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Lindy
Spring | Ali Smith
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War won‘t stop, the story says. But enmity can. Things can change over time, what looks fixed and pinned and closed in a life can change and open, and what‘s unthinkable and impossible at one time will be easily possible in another.

Ericalambbrown Those are gorgeous 😍 3y
Lindy @Ericalambbrown Thanks. So much has come into bloom in my garden in the past week. 3y
Ericalambbrown @Lindy I just love those! Ours popped up mid-April. We were early - I‘m in southern Missouri. (edited) 3y
Lindy @Ericalambbrown We still had snow in mid April. Until early May, actually. But when spring gets underway, it moves quickly. 😊🌱 3y
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Lindy
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Don‘t be calling it a migrant crisis, Paddy said. I‘ve told you a million times. It‘s people. It‘s an individual person crossing the world against the odds. Multiplied by 60 million, all individual people, all crossing the world, against odds that worsen every day. Migrant crisis. And you the son of a migrant.
(Internet photo)

batsy 💜 3y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️💔 3y
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Leftcoastzen
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

I read the 1st two in her seasonal series,I like this one the best so far .How do you combine Rilke,Katherine Mansfield,the zeitgeist,xenophobia,& characters you care about in one book?Poetic , smart, & wise is Ali Smith.I want to use for #Booked2019 challenge #NewIn2019 I am falling behind on Spring,trying to read older books this year,could not resist this when my library hold came in.Seems the worlds a bit mad, have you heard?

Cinfhen Great review and it‘s perfectly fine to read “out of season” glad u enjoyed!! 3y
Freespirit Is there an order to reading her books? 3y
Hooked_on_books The world‘s mad? Huh. News to me. 😉😂 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review. I‘ve heard others say they like this one the most. I suppose I‘m waiting until all four are published. 😎 3y
Leftcoastzen @Freespirit I read them in order Autumn, Winter then Spring but the are stand alones so any order would be ok.I need to get to her other books,the reviews of the first of the quartet caught my attention. 3y
Theaelizabet I‘ve read and loved the other two. Can‘t wait to get to this one. 3y
Freespirit Thank you @Leftcoastzen 😘 3y
Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books I‘m Captain 👩‍✈️ Obvious!😂 3y
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Leftcoastzen
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It blows me away the skillful way Ali Smith illuminates our times in the form of a novel.😳

JennyM She‘s a talented writer! I really enjoyed this one. 3y
Suet624 Wow 3y
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bookandcat
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Best of the seasonal quartet yet. Heartbreaking, eye-opening, powerful, poetic.

Leftcoastzen I have it, haven‘t started it yet .Glad to read that you liked it. 3y
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HardcoverHearts
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I ❤️ when books activate a curiosity to explore ideas. Or to see what they see, or know more about what they are referencing. This is happening with Spring. I am inspired to pause, look something up on Google, & marvel at her brilliance as she adds these layers into her writing. I‘m only 23% in, but am loving this story of friendship, loss & change in the era of Trump, Brexit, encroaching Fascism which is pulling is back to darker days.

Theaelizabet I‘ve just started this, too. Loving it, so far, as I did the other two. 3y
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shaynarae
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Pickpick

Not my favorite of Ali Smith‘s seasonal quartet, but that doesn‘t mean that this wasn‘t an absolute delight to read. Ali Smith does literary magical realism and social commentary masterfully well. This novel comments on the current political and social climate, including #metoo, immigration, and surveillance. Sad, full of promise, beautifully executed. Very evocative of the sentiments suggested by the title.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same! 3y
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JennyM
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Pickpick

Perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of the last few years. I think this might be my fave of the three so far 💐

bookandcat Just got this from the library. Can't wait to read it, I really enjoy this series. Which country's edition is that? It is beautiful! 3y
JennyM @bookandcat it‘s the UK version. You are in for a treat. It‘s phenomenal! 3y
bookandcat I want pretty covers like the UK 😭😭😭😂😂😂 lol. Can't wait! 3y
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Tanisha_A Beautiful photograph! I haven't read any of them. 😥 3y
JennyM @bookandcat enjoy 😘 3y
JennyM @Tanisha_A without wanting to add to your ginormous TBR, I think you would really enjoy them 😉 (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️👍🏻I have it stacked 3y
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AnneCecilie
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Pickpick

The third installment in Smith‘s seasonal quartet is just as good as her previous ones. We meet Richard, the filmmaker; Brit (Britannia), the employee at an IRC and Florence (Flo), a young girl who tries to make a difference. A book about immigration and people. But also about film and literature. We hear about Catherine Mansfield and Rilke. A book about changing history and maybe even rewriting it.

Emilymdxn Loved this one! Glad you liked it too! 3y
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AnneCecilie
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Now that‘s a way of looking at border crossings

Libby1 I adore this. 3y
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