Long winded narrative prose does not even begin to describe the never ending, unconscious, bordering psychotic, ramblings that plague this novel. I half expected the poor actors to suffocate as they desperately tried to find a mark of punctuation resembling the completion of a thought. If you are able to bear or endure pain, difficulty, provocation, and annoyance with extreme calmness, you MIGHT be able to make it through this one.
At the end, one can reflect back and find the semblance of a story that is actually interesting. However, as stated earlier, the author stuffed this work with prose as one would fill a large empty box with packing material. If all of the excess prose was to be removed, one would find a story that should have been found in a novelette or as the “story of the week” in some literary magazine.
As a literary work, I found the story line of "The Accidental" extremely hard to follow and I often found myself struggling to understand what exactly was going on. This negated any possibility of actually enjoying the work.
Ali Smith has made the "never again" list.
Clever, Entertaining and Memorable
Excellent writing, not for USA Today/Enquirer readers, as it's subtle and brilliant.
Perfectly matched with the literature
This book is superb. Smith's writing is subtle, powerful, comedic, brilliant. I definitely recommend this book. Great literature.
Found the first half funny, well written and very compelling. The four characters were brilliantly crafted and the 'wait for what's next' air of the story left me wanting more.
But like so many other stories, the revelation left me flat, and the story ran out of steam.
A decent listen with excellent prose and reading. Just not enough story for the length.
I had problems really appreciating the purpose of the story. Took me back to high school days when we studied free-thought prose 'a rose, is a rose, is a rose,etc.' Didn't really get my attention or understanding even after it was all over.