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This was my first Ali Smith and maybe my last. There were some wonderfully descriptive extracts and the love of art and colour and fascination with how to re-create things were pleasing, as was the relationship between George and her mother followed with the struggle to deal with her loss. It was outside my normal genres and while it had some touching moments, it required by far too much concentration. I want to read for pleasure and relaxation and 'How to be both' did not allow me that, instead leaving me -at the end - with unanswered questions for which I will probably have to re-read the book - which is not likely. Overall probably not worth the straying from what I normally read.
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I just don't think the dialogue heavy writing translated well into audio format.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Be Both?
I got half way through and lost the will to go on. The shift to different characters didn't work for me and I lost interest.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
This book did not meet my expectations. It's the first I've read by Ali Smith and was highly recommended, but I was very disappointed. I found the schoolgirl Georgia tedious and of very little interest and all the stuff about present tense and past tense and the death of her mother just annoying. The things presented as insightful - the girl on the porn video - were trite.
The Francesco part of the story was worse. All the gender-bending stuff was pointless.
I thought the whole thing was a waste of time and I was glad when it finished.