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How to be both / Ali Smith.
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2015.
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 0141025204 9780141025209 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2014.
This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make a literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.
371 pages ; 20 cm
Reading Group review - I can't remember when I last read a book which was written in such an affected and ludicrous way. I have yet to read anything written in a stream of consciousness style which was remotely enjoyable to read. The style of writing totally distracts from any story Ali Smith is try
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