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Spring

Seasonal Quartet, Book 3
Written by: Ali Smith
Narrated by: Juliette Burton
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins

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Spring will come. The leaves on its trees will open after blossom. Before it arrives, a hundred years of empire-making. The dawn breaks cold and still but, deep in the earth, things are growing.

©2018 Ali Smith (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • EEL
  • 30-03-19

Hopeless hope in the third book of the tetralogy

Those of you considering reading the third book in a series of four probably don't need my recommendation, as you'll be aware already of Smith's wonderfully whimsical, deeply serious, humorously hamfisted, piquantly political, and compellingly readable work, with its wonderful layers and intertextualities (and intersonic and intervisual cues too--very multi-media). What you SHOULD know about this is that the audio has a different chapter order from that in the published book: the final chapter of the audio comes between chapter 33 and 34 in the printed book. I think the printed book order is better and probably represents the more final thoughts of the author and editor (unless the audio order is just an error?). Anyway, the physical book is such a beautiful object, that it's worth buying it anyway...

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  • Alexandraki Katerina
  • 08-10-19

excellent stuff as always

ah Ali Smith! Painfully depicting the sad political realitiy, but what a treat this has been!!
Moving, aesthetically brilliant and with a needed hint of hope.

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  • RebeccaL
  • 15-09-19

Beautiful, moving and timely

A wonderfully moving and timely novel by Ali Smith set in contemporary U.K. Tells of despair and hope in our modern world with the usual Ali Smith style and elegance. Another great gem, only second to Winter by her which is the pinnacle of this series so far. Very highly recommended!

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 24-04-19

Interesting.....

This is another interesting, curious, state-of-the-nation novel. Can't decide if the more polemical bits are thought-provoking witty reflections on modern society or a bit smart arse and pretentious. I think I would have appreciated it better in print - it was a bit harder to follow on audio, and personally I didn't like the narrator's attempts at the accents. The descriptive passages are beautiful.