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…
Thoughts/why I read it
Autumn is a book which captures the mood of the season. Ali Smith has written 3 other novels focused around Spring, Summer & Winter.
I read Autumn after seeing Ali Smith read at the 2017 manbooker prize readings. The passage she chose was powerful, rhythmical and exciting. It took me back to the powerful rhythm in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
Autumn follows the ordinary life of two individuals. Set in the present day just after the brexit elections, with flashbacks to their pasts, detailing how they made it to the present day. How they met, and their relationship with the world around them. Smith’s Autumn is great page turner and summed up the post brexit mood in the UK perfectly.
After this book, I have become a huge fan of Ali Smith and can’t wait to purchase all the other seasons.
“A beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities” Guardian”
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