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Five people- four are living, three are strangers, two are sisters, one is dead.

Medlemsvurdering:
Set in "an unnamed Northern English city" which is obviously Oxford, Smith writes down the humdrum workaday lives of outside-looking-in characters in this excellent, powerful novel. Although the plot of a young girl grieving for her dead older sister, who died in a freak accident, leaves little room for anything else, such as the inner life of the homeless woman on the steps, Smith iagines them all with great compassion and tenderness, my favorite quality in a writer. Also, this novel has one of the best donw interior onologue sequences I've ever read. It heps that she chose a small English city and not London which is always gettign written about. it adds mystique to this rre find, a novel that is one of the top ten of the decade, no doubt.

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Forlag
Penguin Books Ltd
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
256
ISBN
9780140296792
Utgivelsesår
2002
Format
20 x 13 cm
Priser
Winner of Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award 2002 and Encore Award 2002. Short-listed for Booker Prize for Fiction 2001 and Orange Prize for Fiction 2001.

Om forfatteren

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of several novels and short story collections including, The Accidental, Hotel World, How to Be Both and the Seasonal Quartet. She has been four times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, has won the Goldsmiths Prize, Orwell Prize, Costa Best Novel Award and the Women’s Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.

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Nesta – 09.07.2005

– Set in "an unnamed Northern English city" which is obviously Oxford, Smith writes down the humdrum workaday lives of outside-looking-in characters in this excellent, powerful novel. Although the plot of a young girl grieving for her dead older sister, who died in a freak accident, leaves little room for anything else, such as the inner life of the homeless woman on the steps, Smith iagines them all with great compassion and tenderness, my favorite quality in a writer. Also, this novel has one of the best donw interior onologue sequences I've ever read. It heps that she chose a small English city and not London which is always gettign written about. it adds mystique to this rre find, a novel that is one of the top ten of the decade, no doubt.

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Arne – 09.07.2005

– Ali Smith's "Hotel World" is hardly a novel. More like five vignettes held together by the most tenuous of links - a common locale, the Global Hotel, where the stories take place, a perfect excuse for the use of five disembodied voices as narrators. There's the ghost of young national swimmer Sara Wilby, the chambermaid who paid for the fun of a prank with her life, her grieving sister Claire, regular bag lady Else from across the road who gets to be a non-paying guest for the night courtesy of the kindhearted receptionist Lise, and Penny, the glamourous visiting journalist. Smith's writing style is consciously experimental, almost deliberately inventive and varied, so it shouldn't surprise that some of her stories work better than others. Sort of a hit or miss.

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