Winter

Winter

The dazzling second novel in Ali Smith's essential Seasonal Quartet ? from the Baileys Prize-winning, Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and How to be both. Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap The dazzling second novel in Ali Smith's essential Seasonal Quartet ? from the Baileys Prize-winning, Man Boo...

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Title:Winter
Author:Ali Smith
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Winter
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:322 pages pages

Winter Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 03, 2018
    This is not my full review, having only just finished and then reread Paul's review where he is able to show that there is a direct connection between Winter and Autumn. What I think I love about Ali Smith, particularly in this book, is how easily she is able to show the complexity ...
  • Cheri
    Sep 08, 2017
    4.5 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 dead. Death was dead. A great many ...
  • Teresa
    Dec 12, 2017
    3.5 This Ali Smith novel, the second of a seasonal quartet, may go down as my least favorite of hers, though being Ali Smith that doesn?t mean I didn?t like it and that I?m not looking forward to Spring, and ultimately, Summer. I envision appreciating it more if I reread it on...
  • Chrissie
    Dec 18, 2017
    I started with Autumn and have now followed up with Winter, the second in Ali Smith's planned seasonal quartet. Each volume is scheduled to come out a bit before the respective season over 2017 and 2018. The similarities between the two are strikingly evident. The writing style is i...
  • Maxwell
    Jan 24, 2018
    Sadly I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I have with previous Ali Smith books. I'm not sure if I'm finding her writing style is losing its luster for me or if this was just not a story for me. I found myself at quite a distance from the characters, and because this is so dialog...
  • Trish
    Feb 20, 2018
    Ali Smith wrote this book fast, and I think that is how she intends us to read it, at least at first. We slow down when her images and meanings start to coalesce on the page and we suspect there is much more to this than the twitter-like, depthless sentences that don?t seem like they...
  • Peter Boyle
    Mar 11, 2018
    Another Ali Smith novel, another three star rating for me. And the reason is this: for all the wit and ingenuity I admire in her fiction, it never truly moves me. Her work appeals to my head more than my heart. So this the second instalment of Smith's Seasonal Quartet. Winter: a tim...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Nov 07, 2017
    OK I surrender. Upgraded to 5 stars as Ali Smith has made complete fools of us all, myself included. Everyone 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 h...
  • Esil
    Jan 12, 2018
    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...
  • Michael
    Dec 25, 2017
    This entry by Smith puts a quirky dysfunctional family into a tale of stock-taking and personal evolution in the context of a holiday gathering in Cornwall at Christmas. It has a bit of the comic flavor of the Thanksgiving movie ?Home for the Holidays? complemented by a lot of inte...
  • Violet wells
    Nov 27, 2018
    Quite 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 Autumn. I've got a feeling a six month time lapse would have helped ...
  • Krista
    Jan 22, 2018
    That?s what winter is: an exercise in remembering how to still yourself then how to come pliantly back to life again. An exercise in adapting yourself to whatever frozen or molten state it brings you. Ah, this is exactly what I warned about in my gushing review of Autumn, a book ...
  • Mary
    Jan 24, 2018
    But we were wounded, I was wounded, all the same. And I love my family, I love them, but when I'm with them, my wounds reopen. So I can't live with them. I can't be with them. So I came here. ...
  • Fionnuala
    May 04, 2018
    (conversation continued from here) You're reading the book about the leaves again! It's not the same book. Same cover image, different season. So no leaves floating about in this one? No leaves. But lots of floaters. Like eye floaters? Those - and others. You do l...
  • Caterina
    May 20, 2019
    Deliciously strange and strangely delicious. It is almost as if Ali Smith had gathered fresh vegetables with soil and grit stuck to the roots and insects cowering on the undersides of vibrant, bitter-green leaves -- and a basket of irregular, lumpy but ripe, colorful fruits -- and a br...
  • Simon
    Jan 07, 2018
    I?ve so many thoughts I can?t quite 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 immediac...
  • Phrynne
    Dec 26, 2017
    This is a very well written book. It is thought provoking, intelligent and intriguing as would be expected of a book shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Sadly though much of it went over my head and as a result I was unable to appreciate it as much as many other people do. Many of...
  • Wen
    Jan 13, 2018
    Ali Smith once again smitten me with the second installment of her Seasonal Quartet Winter, and left me in awe . It will be among my top Christmas book recommendations going forward. (Well, I didn't get to read it until the U.S release after the new year.) The book was all about Chr...
  • BrokenTune
    Nov 26, 2017
    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. Modernism, postmodernism, realism and surrealism were all dead. Jazz was ...
  • Tracey
    Jan 22, 2019
    Notes to myself on reading a book by Ali Smith. 1, Do not ever think you will 'get' everything first time around. 2, Let the book take you along for the ride, you are a passenger. Allow yourself to be swept along. 3, Remember as Kurt Vonnegut said in Slaughterhouse five, time is not...
  • Annelies
    Nov 06, 2018
    I liked the book more and more the more I read of it. In the beginning it was quite confusing but the more it advanced the more a cohese story developed. A story of 4 people on the christmas days in a large House in Cornwall. A normal setting with each person having his/her frustations...
  • Eric Anderson
    Nov 06, 2017
    Continuing on in her ambitious season-inspired chronicle of our times, Ali Smith opens ?Winter? with the statement ?God was dead: to begin with.? She continues on ringing the death bell for everything from modern day conveniences to systems of government to states of being. The...
  • Bianca
    Nov 12, 2017
    I noticed this one on Audible, so I purchased it, despite having wished for it on NetGalley (but who knows if and when I'll hear back from the publishers). Anyway... Winter is the second offering in the SeasonS quartet. As it was the case with Autumn, it's quite interesting, ver...
  • Hugh
    Nov 05, 2017
    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 up. If anything, it is ...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 24, 2017
    I think this is very, very good and I love it very, very much. Video review coming soon. ...
  • Neil
    Nov 05, 2017
    I?d love to chat all day about the seasons but I?ve work to do, he said. When I first read this book, I, along with many others, missed a key connection between it and the first volume of the quartet, Autumn. Reading Winter again now after just reading Autumn for the third time ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Oct 27, 2017
    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, ea...
  • Roger Brunyate
    Jan 29, 2018
    A Winter Thaw Autumn, the first volume in Ali Smith's tetralogy-in-progress, was #2 on my Top Ten list for 2017. At first, reading Winter, its successor (how fast she writes!), I was pretty sure that it would not reach a similar standard; it seemed haphazard and jokey, strung-togeth...
  • William2
    Mar 22, 2018
    Martin Amis said that there seems to be a requisite 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, see...
  • Meike
    Nov 03, 2017
    ?You?re like the dictionary doctor, she said. The what? he says. Kicking the big stone with his foot, she says, to prove that reality is reality and that reality physically exists. I refute it thus. Who? Art says. The literature doctor, she says. The man who wrote the dictiona...