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Like When we meet Amy Shone she is a young parent struggling to raise Kate a precocious eight year old Amy is an enigma a brilliant scholar who has forgotten how to read She is estranged from her wealthy

  • Title: Like
  • Author: Ali Smith
  • ISBN: 9781860493171
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • When we meet Amy Shone, she is a young parent struggling to raise Kate, a precocious eight year old Amy is an enigma a brilliant scholar who has forgotten how to read She is estranged from her wealthy English parents and lives a nomadic life in Scotland, dragging Kate from one school to the next, barely scraping by.And then there is Ash, a fiery Scottish actress who cannWhen we meet Amy Shone, she is a young parent struggling to raise Kate, a precocious eight year old Amy is an enigma a brilliant scholar who has forgotten how to read She is estranged from her wealthy English parents and lives a nomadic life in Scotland, dragging Kate from one school to the next, barely scraping by.And then there is Ash, a fiery Scottish actress who cannot shake her demons chief among them an unrequited passion for Amy that has obsessed her ever since they met as teenagers.Like is the story of two parallel lives that intersect briefly, then diverge It is also a timeless evocation of adolescence and its agonizing anticipations, its contradictory yearnings for freedom and safety, its blind quest for mastery over pleasure and pain.

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    1. 3.5*"Monday the 6th April 1987. Dear Diary. Actually this is not going to be a diary, diary is the wrong word for it. I have been suspicious of diaries anyway, since I stole Amy’s and read them on the roof. Amy, mon âme, my aim, my friend Amy. It was very shocking to read her version of things. No, diaries are stupid. Diaries are all lies. Diaries, they’re so self-indulgent.But we live in self-indulgent times, after all, and for once I want my own twist of it. And if you write something dow [...]

    2. Like by Ali Smith.A book unreview.Like I don't want to rate this book.Like how can I?Like turn my hero into Ash?Like, no.You see I adore, love, lust, live in every (other) word ever written by Ali. And no I do not mean every other, I mean every. I have read everything ever written by her, besides her grocery lists and postcards and iPhone reminders to self to write daily to please Cathrine. Every Word. And I have loved every word. Like. Loved. Deeply.I read her Hotel World 8 times. It never ever [...]

    3. Like is the blossoming talent of Ali Smith splurged into one long rambling debut novel. This is a novel from a writer who doesn’t hold out much hope of writing a second. Over three decades' worth of glorious descriptions and metaphors and ornate language festoon this funsize monster, nothing like her subsequent novels in the slightest.Split into two parts, the first concerns Amy, a former scholastic prodigy who, despite being a lesbian, has a child, and despite being a scholar, has forgotten h [...]

    4. That’s the end? She just writes the things and that’s the end? But what happens about the things she writes? Do you not get to find out if they’re true? Well, no, I said, that’s the catch, you don’t.There are a lot of loose ends in this book which, ultimately, is a sad tale about three women (two adults and a child). In the first half, we meet Amy and Kate. In the second half, we learn about Ash. The two halves are connected by a past relationship between Amy and Ash. Kate is Amy's dau [...]

    5. Ali Smith is a deeply original writer whose books are all full of arresting thoughts, images and wordplay. For me this first novel just shades the rest as a visceral, raw, subversive and humorous rites of passage tale.

    6. I enjoyed this, but felt the two halves didn't really hang together - I wanted to know more about Amy and Kate when the story suddenly switched to a completely different character.

    7. Another piece of scatterbrained genious from Smith. Oh! The metaphors. Oh! The burning passion of stupid young love.

    8. I will try not to gush too much during what follows, but it is going to be hard, because Like is an astonishing debut novel and a wonderful read, and Ali Smith is very fast becoming one of my favourite contemporary authors.The back cover of my edition has only some very vague general information on the novel and tells nothing about plot or characters, and in consequence I had no idea what to expect when I started it, which made for an interesting – and quite different – reading experience. A [...]

    9. So many years after starting this novel I'm finally officially acknowledging that I will never finish it. I will try not to let it completely taint my opinion of Ali Smith's writing. I know that a lot of people really enjoy her work, but this novel was slow for me -- plodding even. Even worse, I couldn't shake the distraction of present tense narration. It's an incredibly difficult style to pull off, and I just don't think Smith was successful. It feels gimmicky, and maybe I'm ruined by having r [...]

    10. I was worried about reading this, the fourth book of Ali Smith's that I have read, though the first she wrote. Unfortunately the one I read prior was How To Be Both which I had to discard in despair no more than a third through. The others were great, and I hoped this would be too; what a relief: it is. A cunning möbius strip of a story, memorable characters, rooted in history and in place, in thoughts and dreams and fantasies, secrets, lies, imaginings, seductions. It's a fabulous book, read i [...]

    11. The most likeable character in this book is Kate, the resourceful daughter coping with her “teenage” mother. Amy and Ash, the main characters, are deeply annoying due to their complete self-absorption. The book is written in such a disjointed and dislocated style it is difficult to follow the narrative at times. What I call Woolf-ish, ie. it contrives to be prose-poetry and, in reaching too hard for that “stream of consciousness” thing, loses the plot.

    12. Having at last read her debut book I can fully understand why she became, & remains, an outstanding author. Beautifully written it reveals what was to become almost her trademark in developing the stories of different characters who nevertheless are linked. Ali Smith is a totally original storyteller.

    13. First, let me say Ali Smith is a tremendously talented writer. Her prose and her ability to pull the readers emotions to the forefront are wondrous. As you read her novels, you will relive all your own experiences that have occurred in your past. Love, anger, rejection, yearning, all the feelings that create our human psyche will be revisited. That being said, this book, Smith's debut novel, is one that did not flow easily through its telling. The first half, where you are introduced to Amy and [...]

    14. 86. Like by Ali SmithTwo lives and stories that never come together properly. I must be stupid, but I felt this was a waste of time. I love mysteries, but in my opinion this was blathering. Two women, one of whom is obsessed by the other, meet as children and again as adults. One is a motherless Scottish child, and the other, a spoiled English girl. I don’t mind unlikeable characters but these two were unrelatable. Both stories dead end. Smith herself has declared it “a nasty warring book” [...]

    15. I've never read a book by Ali Smith that wasn't good, and this is no exception to that rule. It requires accepting that the story's mysteries will never be revealed on paper, that the reader has to piece together what might have happened from clues which may or may not be reliable, and the full story will never truly be known. But the story that is told, the one before and after the part that stays shrouded in mist, was definitely worth it.

    16. I'm a great fan of Ali Smith: I love the different way she sees things and how her writing style is so compelling. Like is no exception to this.That said, and while it is good, this, her first novel, is not quite as good as her subsequent work. It has the "different perspective" approach that I so much love. The quirks, the little seeds that she sows, the playful humour: it all contributes to making her writing stand out.And I can see early trials of techniques that are used to so much effect in [...]

    17. Ali Smith's writing was beautiful, and the narrative was gripping. While the fact that nothing seems to come together fully felt purposeful, it also left me feeling a little bit lost.

    18. I loved this book. I have a grotty old Virago edition with a silver cover, which I got from a charity shop, and I have read it twice. It seems to me to be deeply sad, however, a story (or two stories) of estrangement.Amy is living in relative poverty and loneliness, making her own way in the world with her entertaining (if you like puns) young daughter. Amy’s relationship with her mother is fraught, and the scene where she initially arrives at her mother’s house is unforgettable. She and the [...]

    19. This novel starts out as the story of a single mother barely holding together a life for herself and her seven-year-old daughter in a caravan (trailer) park in Scotland. It ends up somewhere rather different.I loved the first half of this book. The mother and daughter are both fascinating characters, and their interactions are full of great details. I especially enjoyed the scenes in the daughter's point of view, which wonderfully capture what a child does and doesn't notice in the world around [...]

    20. Sometimes, when you go back to a favourite author's first book(s), it can be a disappointment. Not that "Like" was a poor first novel, it seemed just even more fragmented, quirky and obtuse than her later work. She had certainly not perfected the way to write obscurely but with something that works. However, there is much to enjoy. Ali Smith has written four books of short stories, and her novels are in someways a crossover from this format. Having read all five of her novels (so obviously I'm a [...]

    21. Wow. What a special, spectacular novel. Ali Smith has an absolutely gorgeous way with words, a sort of Hemingwayesque take on Virginia Woolf, but with a postmodern stream-of-conscious spin that's just dazzling. The characters well, too rarely are a handful of characters THIS memorable, from Amy and her daughter* Kate to Amy's reserved, almost too-English parents.And then there's Ash. A little bit teenage lovestruck idiot, a little but psychopath straight out of a Talking Heads song, Ash is fasci [...]

    22. starts out introducing Amy and her daughter Kate who live hand to mouth in Scotland -- Amy cannot read and recognizes words because of some unexplained happenings -- Amy decides to travel to her parents home and ask for money to go on a vacation to Italy -- regains her ability to read but remains in her Scottish town, working as a waitress -- gets a phone call about a childhood friend who became a famous actress but cannot really tell anything about what became of the friend -- cut to Ash, the f [...]

    23. More from the author of The Accidental. This is her first novel, full of the energetic and imaginative language I've come to expect. The novel's in two parts, focusing on two girls, very close and very different. We encounter the first in adulthood, on the road in Scotland, working for a pittance and unable to read and write. Interesting situation for a woman with a PhD. She's pretty much a cipher till we go into part 2, which deals with her friend. Of course, through the friend we get the mirro [...]

    24. i read this book today in 1 for school and it has made me feel intense and restless somehow, though that could also be september things 'in general'i liked the first half the mostit set up a lot of 'mysteries' and i was looking forward to finding out the answers in part 2i liked the plastic orange kangaroothe book has also got some really good puns. i mean i like puns in general and so i felt these ones were really good:'shopping centaur''charlotte brontesaurus'i think it got a little intense an [...]

    25. I enjoyed the language and rhythm of this debut novel particularly. I loved the intricate weaving of time back and forth, that felt natural in its placing of recognisable objects and cultural references, unlike so many books that clang with their time period signposts. I appreciated the ending. Throughout the novel there were repeated references to the lack of neat cut endings in our lives, relationships, and knowledge, so for the novel to end this way is fitting. It reflects the undercurrent of [...]

    26. I gave this four stars, because I got so involved in itd then changed it to three on reflection of the way the novel unravels towards the end. Some beautiful writing and Smith is very good at giving each of her characters a distinctive voice, but it doesn't all tie together the way it should. I loved the first half with Amy and Kate, and got lost in the second half amongst Ash's self-involved, back-and-forth-in-time rambling. I saw that another user referred to the writing as "Woolf-ish": This [...]

    27. Five stars is not exactly correct – Smith's There But For The is better, and The Accidental probably is as well, and if I remember correctly I only gave them four – but the art heist and diary scenes are going to really stick with me in a very specific way, I can already tell. Anyway Ali Smith is at this point literally my favorite author and I love her for continuing to provide me with sincere pedantic-about-grammar lesbian representation in the media it's whatever it's fine I'm fine about [...]

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