Autumn

Autumn

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer.Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Danie...

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Title:Autumn
Author:Ali Smith
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Autumn
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:264 pages pages

Autumn Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jul 31, 2017
    I was going to save this to read in the autumn, but then it was included in the Man Booker Prize Long List so I moved it up. This is described as a post-Brexit novel, and it does take place in that world and mentions it a few times in a few different ways, but more in the way that a...
  • Cheri
    Sep 07, 2017
    "April come she will When streams are ripe and swelled with rain May she will stay Resting in my arms again June she'll change her tune In restless walks she'll prowl the night" --?April Come She Will? lyrics by Paul Simon "It was the worst of times, it was the worst of t...
  • Teresa
    Nov 25, 2016
    4.5 Death, Dickens, refugees, trees, fear, old age, Brexit, friendship, Shakespeare, love, lies, Christine Keeler, art, fences, stories, Pauline Boty (lots of the lovely Pauline Boty), seeing, Keats, disillusionment, rebirth, Ovid, exclusion, women, awakening. (Even 'Trump' is a ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Oct 31, 2016
    4.5? (Read and reviewed February 28, 2017) Oh my, what to make of this book? I?ve not read Ali Smith before, and I can?t recall anything that was quite the mix of poetry, history, art, family dynamics, and philosophy ? not to mention politics. I love her writing ? I wo...
  • Maxwell
    Oct 05, 2016
    Nobody writes like Ali Smith. That's absolutely my favorite thing about her books. Once you start reading you remember just how witty, observant, and playful she is, and how that comes through so clearly through her writing style. It's no different in Autumn, the first in a quartet of ...
  • Trish
    Nov 03, 2017
    It is November and outside my front door roses are still blooming. Their color is a deep rich clear pink. They look better than they did in the dry heat of summer. Smith?s first novel in her proposed quartet of volumes is an utter delight. I?d never encountered her voice before ...
  • MJ Nicholls
    Nov 20, 2016
    Ali Smith is a prolific story writer, critic, and playwright, but her novels alone have blasted her into the mesosphere of critical adulation, and this first part of an exciting seasonal quartet furthers her familiar brand of humorous, gentle, playful, and bedazzling brilliance. Timeho...
  • Dianne
    Sep 17, 2017
    I'm not sure I can do justice to reviewing this or explaining what it is about - I suspect each time it's read, a new layer is revealed and it becomes something quite different. Let me just say the writing and wordplay is superb! Imaginative, perceptive, unexpectedly quite funny in pla...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Oct 25, 2016
    Update: Shortlisted for the Booker and it would be a wonderfully worthy winner - and the novel has aged better than I had predicted - if anything as the written-as-you-read-it Brexit autumn leaves have faded, the evergreen parts of the text show through. Pauline Boty with her, now l...
  • Michael
    Oct 08, 2017
    This is a rewarding story of friendship over the long haul, the kind that seems to stand outside time. The relationship is between a female art historian and an elderly family neighbor, a man who listened to and empowered her from starting around age 10. We dip into the past of their c...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 10, 2016
    Ali Smith is not an easy author to read and yet her words and thoughts are beautiful. If you like a linear plot, you will not find it here, though it is mostly set in the period after Brexit, it goes back and forth in time. To a friendship between a young girl and an elderly man, a ma...
  • Violet wells
    Nov 04, 2018
    I was struggling with this initially. Ali Smith's prose style reminds me of someone dressed in a dressing gown and slippers, hair unbrushed, wandering about a house with barely a grain of self-consciousness. In stark contrast to lots of writers who spend hours in front the mirror, laye...
  • Barry Pierce
    Jul 29, 2017
    Hailed as the first post-Brexit novel, in Autumn Ali Smith proves to us all that she is probably the greatest writer currently working in the United Kingdom. The fact that this novel was published a mere four months after the disastrous Brexit vote but yet analyses its aftermath as a...
  • Paul
    Oct 08, 2017
    This is not only the first of four novels based on the seasons, but it has also been acclaimed as the first Brexit novel. This makes it very British in some ways and the feelings in the country and the reactions to the vote form part of the novel, as in this much quoted piece: ?All ...
  • Fionnuala
    Apr 23, 2018
    What are you reading? A tale of two people. Tell me about it. It's a book full of leaves, green ones and brown ones. And white ones too, of course. Ha! But seriously, describe it to me. It's a book with a hole in the middle. Now you're just being absurd. No, wait....
  • Susan
    Oct 10, 2016
    This short novel is the first in a seasonal quartet ? each a standalone book, but interconnected. I was listening to a podcast, ?Books and Authors? set during the Edinburgh Festival, and somebody mentioned Ali Smith reading from her new work, which mentioned Brexit shortly after ...
  • Simon
    Nov 15, 2017
    I really enjoyed Autumn, which is possibly Ali Smith?s most accessible book yet, however I wasn?t as wholly blown away by it as most people. I mean it?s still BRILLIANT because it?s Ali Smith. I adored the story of Daniel and Elisabeth over the years, I loved how Elizabeth?s ...
  • Margitte
    Aug 30, 2018
    I love the word quotidian and it has to do with the following quote from the book: Here's and old story so new that it's still in the middle of happening. Writing itself right now with no knowledge of where or how it'll end. To me, this is the essence of this literary work. ...
  • Gill
    Oct 15, 2016
    December 2016 I re-read this at the start of December and still think about it. I've upgraded it to 5 stars. 'Autumn' by Ali Smith 4.5 stars/ 9 out of 10 From the opening sentence (which is referential to the opening of one of Dickens' novels), to the end of this novel, Ali S...
  • Adina
    Sep 14, 2017
    I don?t know. I don?t know what to write about Autumn. I don?t even know what I?ve read. What was I supposed to get from this book, what was the purpose? Was it a Brexit novel? I don?t think so. It does talk some about Brexit. But it also talks about a strange friendship betw...
  • Matthew Quann
    Jul 27, 2017
    I finished this novel a few days ago, but put off the review. To speak quite frankly, I think Autumn is a novel that is a touch too smart for me to properly wrap my head around. Smith's prose flips, twists, jumps, and skitters across the page with vivacity and wit, but also left me fee...
  • Ilse
    Nov 21, 2016
    This is England Autumn is to be the first instalment of ?a seasonal quartet? that Ali Smith plans to write - a cycle ?exploring the subjective experience of time, questioning the nature of time itself'. Triggered to read it by the title ? autumn is my favourite season ? th...
  • Emma
    Oct 14, 2016
    At first I couldn't be sure whether I loved or hated this short novel. Ali Smith's language is like a maze for the mind. It's both stilted and beautiful, a stream of consciousness that reworks the reader's own thoughts into a new pattern. It feels like a freeing of the consciousness bu...
  • Hugh
    Oct 06, 2016
    My fourth book from the Booker longlist, this is another that, like Reservoir 13, would have made a worthy winner. At the time of its release this book was billed as the first Brexit novel, but there is so much more to it than that. update 19 Oct - Sadly, and yet again, Ali Smith d...
  • Seemita
    Jan 12, 2017
    [A formidable 3.5] [Originally appeared here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/li...] She has done it in the past; and she does it again here. Ali Smith?s fixation on, and a visible mastery of, story-telling across timeline, in no particular order, shines in this experimental...
  • Hannah
    Nov 27, 2017
    My thoughts are all over the place for this book ? maybe fitting because this is what this book is as well: all over the place. There is undeniable brilliance here: sentences so profound they made me stop in my tracks, word plays so wonderful I had to read them twice, musing on a gre...
  • Roger Brunyate
    Jun 27, 2017
    Every Story Tells a Picture At the heart of Ali Smith's seemingly chaotic but actually tightly-organized new novel is a love relationship, between a thirtyish art lecturer, Elisabeth Demand, and a 101-year-old man, Daniel Gluck. Their love was born over two decades earlier, when...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Aug 09, 2017
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. ...
  • William2
    Jan 25, 2018
    Heaps of spine-tingling narrative pleasure. One feels one?s short hairs standing on end while reading. Horripilating, is that the word? Like migraine aura but far more fun. Autumn?s a book about enlightened values versus what we?ve been getting lately from the mobocracy. No need ...
  • Lark Benobi
    Sep 16, 2017
    The novel seems to want to present me with all the sadness in the world, and all the bleakness of recent history, and it seemed determined to remind me of all the meannesses that people can heap upon one another (some of it through neglect) (some of it through evil acts)--and yet even ...