Spring

Spring

From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both, comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet Spring will come. The leaves on its trees will open after blossom. Before it arrives, a hundred years of empire-making. The dawn breaks cold and still but, deep in the eart From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both, comes the next...

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Title:Spring
Author:Ali Smith
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0241207053
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:340 pages pages

Spring Reviews

  • Michael Livingston
    Jun 04, 2019
    Ali Smith is brilliant - she writes bold, unconventional books that are incredibly readable and tackle critical issues with the ways we live now. Spring is probably my favourite of the three seasonal quartet books that she's published so far, and the bar was pretty high. It's funny, an...
  • David
    May 09, 2019
    I found this to be the most accessible and least inscrutable of Ali Smith's "Seasonal Quartet" volumes thus far. While the others wowed me from page one, this one was more of a slow burn but did ultimately satisfy and impress. I agree that one does not need to be well-versed in Shakesp...
  • MJ Nicholls
    May 05, 2019
    The penultimate novel in the quadruplet brings an ageing TV director, a waspish guard in an immigrant detention centre, and another of Smith?s preternaturally precocious word-pixie teenagers (a recurring character type in her novels) together in another plate-spinning mélange of lit...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Mar 22, 2019
    I shall be glad though when Spring comes. Winter is a difficult time. A letter in 1922 from Katherine Mansfield to "L.M." (Lesley Moore, her nickname for Ida Baker, her companion and confidant) Spring is the brilliant 3rd instalment of Ali Smith's seasonal quartet and comes with t...
  • Violet wells
    May 03, 2019
    Ali Smith has set herself the task of writing these four seasonal novels quickly. To help achieve this she uses the same scaffolding in each of them. She begins with a play on the opening line of various Charles Dickens' works - the great British critic of social injustice. She ghosts ...
  • Trudie
    Jun 16, 2019
    3.5 This is one of these reviews that is tough to write because at least among my associates here on Goodreads this book is universally adored. I fully expected to enjoy it as well. However, I don't know if it was my current reading mood or the feeling that the much vaunted ti...
  • Vanessa
    Apr 22, 2019
    I still think I preferred Autumn, but Ali Smith's latest instalment of her seasonal quartet Spring brought me back to life in a way that Winter didn't. I didn't quite warm to the characters in quite the same way, but I was forever intrigued by what I felt like was an almost magical rea...
  • Krista
    Jun 04, 2019
    The seasons are meaningless. No ? worse than meaningless. Paddy is rubble, and time just keeps on going. Autumn, then there'll be winter. Then there'll be spring, and so on. Ali Smith's Seasonal Series is such an interesting project: setting semi-related stories in our immediate h...
  • Fionnuala
    Apr 05, 2019
    -Ah, you're reading the book with the Hockney cover image again. And the tree now has lots of new leaves, I see! -Yes, yes! YES! This is the third book in the series. I'm very excited. Can't turn the pages fast enough! -Slow down, no need to rush. No one's calling Time. No one'...
  • Eleanor
    Mar 23, 2019
    (4.5, RTC) The third in Smith?s seasonal quartet, and a lot of her overarching plan with this project starts to come clear. Focusing in part on grieving filmmaker Richard Lease, who has just lost his friend, collaborator and former lover Patricia Heal, and in part on Brittany Hall...
  • Claire
    Apr 16, 2019
    Sometimes there is an author who just speaks to you in a way that others don?t or can?t, and Ali Smith is that author for me. What to say about Spring, that is meaningful and captures the significance of this novel to us all, in our times? If it?s even possible, Spring exc...
  • Marchpane
    Apr 17, 2019
    Ali Smith is our oracle Spring is the third of Ali Smith?s Seasonal quartet of novels, which examine the current state of Britain through the lives of everyday people. By writing as close to publication as possible, Smith transforms your news feed into something deeply humane and ...
  • Paltia
    Jun 27, 2019
    Pardon me while I gush over Ali Smith?s Spring. Where to begin when an entire book proves so quotable? Florence, the girl with the power of making herself invisible and hypnotising those who threaten, is a great start. As Smith describes her she is the girl who makes people behave li...
  • Tracey
    Apr 04, 2019
    Here we go again, me trying to 'review' an Ali Smith book... I think this one, out of the three books written in this seasonal quartet is the one that has affected me most. It is the one, I feel, where Ali Smith has 'vented her spleen' the most, where she has expressed the anger and...
  • Ilse
    Jun 10, 2019
    Ali Smith, wordsmith. Ali Smith, poet of hope. Ali Smith, magician. Ali smith, the great connective. The air lifts. It?s the scent of commencement, initiation, threshold. The air lets you know quite ceremonially that something has changed. Primroses. Deep in the ivy thr...
  • Doug
    Apr 12, 2019
    4.5, rounded down. As with the first two volumes in Smith's planned tetralogy, this merited a 4.5 for me, and like the other two volumes, I had to consult the reviews of the 'Usual Suspects' (Paul, Neil, Meike, GY, Jonathan, Hugh) to heighten my understanding of what was going on an...
  • Jonathan Pool
    Apr 10, 2019
    I will keep my review of the book brief. There are excellent, comprehensive detailed reviews on Goodreads- and most notably: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/...
  • Bianca
    Apr 30, 2019
    Damn! This was so good. I practically inhaled it. How do I even begin to write a review for this incredible novel... I am unworthy and unskilled. Ali Smith is a genius. A creative, very humane genius. I am absolutely blown away, yet again. This was magical, touching, surreal ...
  • Hugh
    Mar 28, 2019
    Another near masterpiece from Ali Smith's seasonal quartet - in some ways I think this one is the best yet. Once again, she weaves a number of strands in a way which can seem almost random, but the further you get into the quartet, the more the whole seems planned, and everything is th...
  • Anna
    Jun 29, 2019
    So, I loved this installment just as much as I loved Autumn, even though I think this is not a perfect book. I think that Richard and Paddy's storyline was stronger than Brit and Florence's, or rather it was less intent on hitting you on the head with its message. However, let's be hon...
  • Neil
    Mar 30, 2019
    Autumn, then there?ll be winter. Then there?ll be spring, and so on. As Ali Smith?s seasonal quartet progresses, I find it increasingly hard to write anything that concentrates on only the book I have just read. In preparation for reading Spring, I re-read both Autumn and Wint...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Mar 22, 2019
    Now with added links after hearing the author speak at Foyles and chatting briefly with her. I was delighted to hear that Ali Smith absolutely loves the quest to find links between her books - as she feels it shows an understanding of the fundamental construct of the books and what ...
  • Katie Long
    Apr 13, 2019
    The girl is like someone or something out of a legend or story, the kind of story that on the one hand isn't really about real life but on the other is the only way you ever really understand anything about real life. She makes people behave like they should, or like they live in a ...
  • Kathleen
    May 15, 2019
    Spring follows Autumn and Winter in Smith?s ambitious seasonal quartet. It is chocked full with ideas on politics?from the British Empire to Brexit; the power of art and literature upon the human condition; and the desire of humankind to be valued as individuals. Smith?s writing ...
  • Sunita
    May 17, 2019
    3.5 stars, rounded down. [Crossposted from my blog.] The previous novels in Ali Smith?s seasonal quarter have been highlights of my reading years, so I eagerly looked forward to this third installment. And it started off well: in the first part the reader is introduced to Richa...
  • Dan
    Apr 28, 2019
    Here?s the skinny: I didn?t like Spring as much as its two predecessors. Here?s what I liked about Spring: As with Autumn and Winter, Smith infuses Spring?s principal characters with sweetness and humanity, unabashedly sentimental without being maudlin. Examples? Richard?...
  • Kirsty
    Apr 05, 2019
    Here is a collection of words which I feel fit Ali Smith's Spring, the third book in her seasonal quartet, perfectly: - Timely - Timeless - Phenomenal - Powerful - Evocative - Striking - Intelligent - Important - Urgent - Vital I can't wait for Summer. ...
  • Meike
    Mar 25, 2019
    I'd like to apologize for giving "Spring" only 5 stars, because this rating still fails to reflect the book's genius. In the third installment of her seasonal quartet (after Autumn and Winter), Ali Smith writes about the human longing to be seen, to have a home in the world and in othe...
  • But_i_thought_
    May 20, 2019
    Spring is a time of paradox, of contrasts. On the one hand, it represents the death of the old, a time of dust, disappearance, unbundling, a parting of ways. On the other, a time of opening, uncovering, germination, the prospect of unexpected afterlives. It is this threshold, this clus...
  • Collin
    Jun 23, 2019
    Ali Smith is in deep trouble. How in the world is she going to top this with the next instalment of her Season?s Quartet? This is easily the best novel I have read this year. For me it is almost a masterpiece. I adored Autumn and didn?t think that any of the next three could be as ...