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Ali smith - there but for the

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happyhopefulmummy Thu 27-Dec-12 19:26:12

Has anyone read this? I've just finished it, thought it was quite a strange book. Am trying to figure out the point of it! Would love to hear others' thoughts...?

forgetmenots Fri 28-Dec-12 14:08:59

It's on my kindle waiting to be read! Have read other books of Ali Smith's and enjoyed them, though...

happyhopefulmummy Sat 05-Jan-13 10:22:15

I wasn't keen really. It started off full of promise, but by the end the play on words and puns were irritating me. I was just curious as to what others thought...

Parisbanana Sun 06-Jan-13 21:48:21

I really didn't get the point. So much potential, sounded such a great idea for a story, but rather underwhelming really. It was rather disjointed and I was left feeling a strangely perplexed by it, as if I'd missed reading some important parts that brought the whole thing together.

happyhopefulmummy Mon 07-Jan-13 11:38:34

Paris, that's exactly how I felt. Like there was something I'd missed. I'm not sure what the point of the story was. A man was in a room. Other people knew him. Then he left the room.

madlane Mon 13-May-13 23:05:11

I found it crazy that this man lodged in the bedroom after a disastrous dinner party & survives for months on paper thin ham being wedged under door & hampers from wannabe Festival goers who don't want miss out on any action! Then he leaves one day! End. I think we are meant yo think about our relationships, meaning of life & usefulness. The insight of the daughter is endearing but other characters are not.

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