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Artful | [Ali Smith]

Artful

Originally four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University, Artful is a tidal wave of ideas in four thematically organised bursts of thought: On Time, On Form, On Edge and On Offer and On Reflection. Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Full of both the poignancy and humour of fiction and all the sideways insights and jaunty angles you would expect from Ali Smith’s criticism
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The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Ali Smith’s remarkable exploration of love, life and death, read by the author herself.

Originally four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University, Artful is a tidal wave of ideas in four thematically organised bursts of thought: On Time, On Form, On Edge and On Offer and On Reflection. Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Full of both the poignancy and humour of fiction and all the sideways insights and jaunty angles you would expect from Ali Smith’s criticism, it explores form, style, life, love, death, mortality, immortality and what art and writing can mean.

©2013 Ali Smith (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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    11/12/14
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    "Poignant, erudite and a must listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Artful the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Ali Smith's quiet voice. There is an evocative intimacy in this listening experience which left me stunned sometimes, always better informed and most reluctant to cease listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being educated about another's life and being made aware of more and even more, in spite of the fact that you are old, is an enormous, irreplaceable gift.


    What about Ali Smith’s performance did you like?

    Listening to a quiet voice full of restrained erudition, and often self deprecating whimsy is a joy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly one would hope to enjoy this in theory in one sitting but could you cope? Why would this be a measure of "success?" On the contrary, I meted out each part very carefully so it could be understood, enjoyed and to be respected.


    Any additional comments?

    Learn something, laugh and probably cry.

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