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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  246 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Other Stories and Other Stories is a stunning collection of short stories from Ali Smith. Individually lucid and luminous, these formally inventive and exquisite tales resonate subtly together. In examining the distances and connections between ourselves and others, and lightly and expertly inching us closer to the bone, storytelling itself has never seemed so necessary, s ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Penguin UK (first published 1999)
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MJ Nicholls
Updated October 27 2011. Since rating this book last year, I have fallen headlong in love with Ali Smith and so all previous opinions on her work are now worthless. You will have to excuse me while I dig this old collection out and revise my opinion. And the comment below from Kate refers to my previous remark that Ali Smith was largely a women’s writer, which is also a crock of not-true. So please be patient. Help yourself to a panini.
God's Gift
I liked this. A good start to the book. I love her writing! 4/5

The Hanging Girl
This was interesting, I enjoyed it. Found it hard to get into at first but when I was there really loved it <3 4/5

Blank Card
Absolutely loved this! I loved the relationship & I just loved *everything* about it. 5/5

More Than One Story
Didn't enjoy this as much, it twas good, but I aren't a fan of stories like this - where the point of view or just the entire point changes. 3/5

Small Deaths
Dec 21, 2012 Larou added it
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There is a persistent prejudice that experimental literature, or really any literature that is conscious of form and plays with structure is something merely cerebral, read: cold and unemotional. Ali Smith’s collection of stories Other Stories and other stories proves this wrong on every single of its 180 pages, almost with every single sentence even.

Take the first story, “god’s gift” – a short (10 pages) evocation of a woman numbed by the loss of her lover. We never find out whether the lover l
Wye Peng
God's gift
- Nice start to the book. 4/5

The hanging girl
- Creepy. I liked this one. 4/5

Blank card
- Surprised me at the end. 4/5

More than one story
- Didn't like this as much but still quite good. 3/5

Small deaths
- As above. 3/5

- Another OK story. 3/5

Okay so far
- Love this. 5/5

Miracle survivors
- 3.5/5

The theme is power
- Another one that I loved. 5/5

Instructions for pictures of heaven
- I liked the first part before we meet the old lady. It sounded really promising and I liked the way it read u
Cheyenne Blue
I grabbed this after being totally captivated by "There But For The". The stream of consciousness style of that novel, with its swirl of a story and deceptively unfocussed style made me wonder how Smith would handle the nuggets of short story.

It took me a few stories to get into this. A couple of the early ones, I simply didn't get. They were obviously too subtle for me, and while I enjoyed the reading experience, I was left vaguely dissatisfied. Then, about a third of the way through, something
Helen Murray
Smith writes with such beautiful intensity and emotional intelligence. Her stories are both indulgently rich and nourishingly simple. When I read her, I am continually torn between finishing the book in one sitting, and the strong inspiration to get back to my own writing. One of my most inspiring modern writers. Always a joy.
Each story was perfectly lovely, descriptions of love in different manners. I especially enjoyed a story of love and thought it was a nicely placed conclusion to all the short stories in the book.
Nedá sa povedať, že by ma poviedky ktovieako uchvátili, niektoré som úplne nepochopila, k niektorým som úplne indiferentná. Ale našlo sa aj zopár, ktoré ma potešili.
Bolo to fajn, najväčšiu zásluhu na tom má to, že mi fakt reže ako Ali Smith píše.
There is something remarkable about "The Hanging Girl" and "The Theme is Power" - something about the idea of the first and in the feeling of the second (unfortunately, I wouldn't call them a literary achievement of any kind). All the rest are descriptions of pretty basic everyday things and impressions and previsible, yet somehow unfinished plots ("Blank card" being one of the worse examples or "God's gift"). Here and there there are some - not many - interesting observations and - again not ma ...more
I think this is my favorite book I've read by Ali Smith. All of her writing is odd and off-kilter, but I felt that this collection made the most sense to me - it was resonant, as opposed to wild.
The Whole Story and Other Stories is still my fave Ali Smith book. I'd read everything she wrote over and over though.
Moved me a lot
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Ali 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 ho ...more
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