Weird Nostalgia

by Charlotte Reads Classics

The Accidental, Ali Smith

This is the first Ali Smith novel I’ve ever read and, wow, she is good. The Accidental uses a family holiday in Norfolk to unravel a tangled family situation and their personal histories. She managed to make me interested in, and understand, characters that I never thought I would like. And whilst none of the Smart family were particularly likeable I did feel myself rooting for them.

Ali Smith is queen of this century’s stream of consciousness, which whilst interesting, is not always easy to follow. Her writing is very clever, and seems very natural when it must be incredibly well thought out.

After this, I would definitely recommend and read more by Ali Smith. The Accidental was a nice end to my summer reading.

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