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Public Library and Other Stories (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2016)

av Ali Smith (Författare)

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"Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives - our own personal libraries - make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they coax us endlessly to unexpected blossom; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make." -- Book jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:Public Library and Other Stories
Författare:Ali Smith (Författare)
Info:Anchor (2016), 240 pages
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Public Library and Other Stories av Ali Smith (2015)

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Twelve short stories by Ali Smith, interwoven with short contributions by other writers on what libraries have meant to them over the courses of their careers. A great read, and an important reminder of the vital nature of libraries. ( )
  JBD1 | Oct 17, 2018 |
I found this a somewhat disjointed and rather disappointing collection of short stories. The sole unifying theme that seemed to be common between tem was the repeated appreciation of books and language and how these can challenge and change us.
This was reinforced by the observations and comments before each story. These were written by a variety of correspondents with the author, in which the writers supported the ethos and work of libraries and demonstrated their positive effect, while lamenting the decline and lack of support for libraries by those responsible for financing them.
  camharlow2 | Jan 25, 2018 |
Appropriately enough, I borrowed this (well, actually, my mother borrowed it for me) from the small branch library that still manages to open a couple of days a week in the village where my parents live.

The UK has lost an incredible number of public libraries in recent years, partly as a result of a perception that books are not relevant to the digital age, but mostly because local authorities are so starved of cash under the Tories that they simply can't afford to provide any services that are not essential to keeping their citizens alive and well. In this book, Ali Smith mounts a spirited defence of books and libraries, directly in the passages between the stories where she asks her friends and fellow writers what access to library books menat to them, and indirectly in the stories themselves.

We get everything we would expect from an Ali Smith book, of course - illuminating glimpses at what's wrong with our world, initially puzzling but ultimately very satisfying narrative tricks, and entertaining sidelights on writers and artists we might or might not know about (Katherine Mansfield, who's never far away in Smith's fiction, gets a starring role this time). Good stuff, definitely. ( )
  thorold | Dec 22, 2017 |
Those looking for a straight-forward, literal novel about public libraries will be disappointed with this book. It is a series of stories that subtly show how important access to information and imagination is and how they allow individuals to build knowledge and resilience to help them in all arts of their lived. The challenges to libraries today are also alluded to: the rise of the Internet, loss of community. Themes and objects connect one story to the next, although they are interspersed with opinions and memories about libraries which Smith has collected from friends and relatives which seamlessly continue the ideas within the stories. The most delicious notion is that this book itself sits on the shelves of public libraries as one of those books that, according to Sophie Meyer, becomes a door 'that opens to every other library in time and space' (p76). ( )
  Becchanalia | Nov 19, 2017 |
A collection of short stories interspersed with short pleas, laments and memories of public libraries, their values, their influence and inspiration. ( )
  jon1lambert | Jul 19, 2017 |
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This same book in a stranger's hands, half-known.
Those readers kindred spirits, almost friends.
You are in transition; you are on the threshold.
The library is the place that gets you. Pure gold.
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O magic place it was - still open thank God.
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Here's a true story. Simon, my editor, and I had been meeting to talk about how to put together the book you're reading right now. We set off on a short walk across central London to his office to photocopy some stories I'd brought with me.
Just off Covent Garden we saw a building with the word LIBRARY above its doors.
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"Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives - our own personal libraries - make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they coax us endlessly to unexpected blossom; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make." -- Book jacket.

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