Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Accidental by Ali Smith

This is the book that proves that Best of Lists should not be written before 31st December! The story follows the Smart family in their holiday in Norfolk, where they are shaken up by a stranger, Amber who wanders into their lives. I love the way that Ali Smith really gets into the characters' heads - 12 year old Astrid's questioning imagination, teenager Michael's guilt laden math ridden brain, stepfather academic Michael's poetic musings. The book is inventively written and emotionally insightful, not two things that always go together! It is disturbing and sometimes laugh out loud funny. It's a book to keep and re-read.


Jo said...

For once I'll have to disagree with you, I only read half this book, could not engage with the characters at all (they didn't resonate for me)-- though I have to admit the pretext is excellent. Oh well, perhaps I should try and finish it to see.......I am about to jump into the latest Iain Banks, can't wait.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Jo - sorry you didn't enjoy it!