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

  • 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...
  • hayden
    Jan 14, 2019
    good god, she?s done it again. i don't have much to add ? take a stroll through the dozens of wonderful reviews of this book that have been written already, both on goodreads and from larger publications ? aside from the fact that i'm overjoyed to come to this site and see tha...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Fionnuala
    Apr 05, 2019
    -Ah, you're reading the book with the Hockney cover image again, I see. And the tree now one has lots of new leaves! -Yes, yes! YES! This is the third book in the series. I'm very excited. Can't turn the pages fast enough! -Contain yourself, no need to rush. No one's calling Ti...
  • 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 ...
  • Jan
    May 14, 2019
    Such a clever book?a delicate balance of despair and wit, with portrayals of institutional and Internet cruelty that sear the mind. ...
  • cypt
    Apr 14, 2019
    Ali Smith met? laik? kvartetas eina ? pabaig?. Ne?inau, ar jis turi kok? nors ry?? su Knausgårdo met? laik? eseistiniu kvartetu; bet kuriuo atveju tai visai kitokio tipo tekstai: romanai, labai social?s, labai gyvi, labai nuasmeninti, bet sykiu ir labai asmeni?ki. ?inau, ...
  • Anna
    May 05, 2019
    Given the similarity of their themes, I can?t help comparing ?Spring? with Only Americans Burn in Hell. Both elucidate the horrors of second modernity (as Shoshana Zuboff calls it), including social media death threats, neo-fascist demagogues, and persecution of refugees. Both ad...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Marcus Hobson
    Apr 16, 2019
    This is so very good. This is proper storytelling, where the author weaves a tale that gradually unfolds through the pages. This is not a book you will understand at once, but one which you need to give time to grow and reveal itself. You don?t need to know everything that is going o...
  • Harry McDonald
    Mar 25, 2019
    "Look at him, storying his own absence. Storying his own dust." I haven't read a book this quickly since I was 10 years old and was devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This, the third installment in Smith's Seasonal Quartet is as stunning as its predecessors. It als...
  • 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...
  • Abbie | ab_reads
    Apr 10, 2019
    I think Spring might be my new favourite Ali Smith! Thank you so much @penguinukbooks for gifting me a copy, it absolutely made my MONTH and I was wholly enchanted by the third instalment of her seasonal quartet! . This one follows the stories of Richard, a film director past his pri...
  • 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...