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Book Title: The First Person and Other Stories|
The size of the: 23.58 MB
Edition: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
Date of issue: October 2nd 2008
ISBN 13: 9780241144268
The author of the book: Ali Smith
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books The First Person and Other Stories:Imagine this would be possible: your present self living for a few days/hours with your 14 year old self. Like literally! What conversation would you have with such a younger version of yourself?
It is shocking to see yourself as you haven’t been for nearly thirty years. It is also a bit embarrassing, having yourself around, watching your every move as watching your every move is the last thing that could possibly interest anyone.
Your younger self makes insolence a thing of beauty, she looks at you as if you’re insane, she takes her coffee with milk, she likes the instant kinds of it without caring like you do that these are full of freezing agents that do all sorts of damage to your synapses. You want to amaze her that you have managed to buy a house which is full of books, idea that you had loved when you were her age. This phrase appalls you, it makes you feel old (when you were her age). You’d like to give her advice about important and unimportant things that she’ll have to deal with and how to take them, you’d like to tell her not to worry because she’ll be ok, you’d like to tell her that her mother will be ok, that she doesn’t die until you’re more than twice the age she is now, but you cannot do that. You want to tell her who to trust and who not to trust, you want to give her advice about everything you’ve learnt by having experiences so far, but you look at her sitting there, thin and insolent and complete and you cannot say any of it. It’d be terrible to proffer a friend she hasn’t met yet who then turns out not to be a friend.
Your 14 year old self is like half a word (she considers) and you’re a real whole word by itself. Like writ and written. It’s changed its meaning over time and at the same time it’s kept its meaning.
This book by Ali Smith turns out to have quite brilliant stories and this is just one of them. There are some which are not as good as this one, but it’s really worth going through them to get to read the others. I am totally taken with her style: she is imaginative and witty, her stories are unusual and full of unexpected...she is just the kind of author I like to read. The story above is called Writ, but I've also enjoyed very much The Third Person and Fidelio and Bess and, although I still have some stories left in the book, I couldn't help but write about the story I've just finished reading (Writ) which is simply brilliant.
Read information about the authorAli Smith is a writer, born in 1962 in Inverness, Scotland, to working-class parents. She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D. that was never finished. In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a year and how it forced her to give up her job as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde to focus on what she really wanted to do: writing. Openly gay, she has been with her partner Sarah Wood for 17 years and dedicates all her books to her.
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