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There But For The | [Ali Smith]

There But For The

Imagine you give a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough. Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedrooms and won't come out. Imagine you can't move him for days, weeks, months. If ever. Ali Smith's dazzling new novel is a funny, moving book about time, memory, thought, presence, quietness in a noisy time, and the importance of hearing ourselves think.
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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

Imagine you give a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough. Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedrooms and won't come out. Imagine you can't move him for days, weeks, months. If ever. Ali Smith's dazzling new novel is a funny, moving book about time, memory, thought, presence, quietness in a noisy time, and the importance of hearing ourselves think.

©2011 Ali Smith (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 08-31-12
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 08-31-12
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    "Good premise, didn't deliver"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Halfway through this book I was finding it hard going and I was only persevering to find out what happened in the end. I was also seriously considering claiming on Audible's "good reads guarantee for the first time". The final 3rd picked up a bit though and some interesting characters emerged and it did "somewhat" piece together.It’s quite a whimsical book. It flitters around, it’s a bit flowery and there’s no plot as such. The blurb is a great premise but that’s not really what the book is about. Think of it more of a collection of short stories interwoven together.


    What could Ali Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be great as a short story or as a collection of short stories. Even if it was marketed differently, the blurb focuses on the man in the room but its only 5% of the book - change the focus to "An event in Greenwich".


    Have you listened to any of Diane Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A pretty good performance, she does the child quite well and keeps the story light.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it was a movie it would be an independent movie in an art house cinema that would have half the characters removed OR it would be a mainstream movie based on the single story of a guy in a room and the other characters removed. Would I see it ? yes just to see how they changed it for it to work as a logical story.


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    Not what I expected - thought it would be funny or at least have some touches of humour. Just depressing but to be fair I gave up after 10 mins... the car journey home was depressing enough without listening to this book as well.

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