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Jason

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  • The Accidental

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ali Smith
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill, Stina Nielsen, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Barefoot, thirtysomething Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. Amber doesn't know them, but she talks her way in, telling lies, and stays for dinner. Eve, an author, thinks Amber is a student her husband is sleeping with. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age 12, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, 17, thinks she's an angel.

    Isabelle says: "I do not recommend"
    "Bloated"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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