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The Seer

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Neil and Iona are a comfortable but complacent couple with well-paid professional jobs in a Scottish metropolis. They dress both themselves and their home immaculately; their lives are ordered to the point of sterility. Into their lives bursts Kirsty, Iona's anarchic sister, who manages to turn the whole evening into a topsy turvy treat.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 2006)
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MJ Nicholls
Jan 13, 2012 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoots-mon, dramarama
Ali Smith is also a playwright of local note, and before I discuss her only play in print, I want to express my vexation at the word playwright. This one, more than any other word in the English language, is designed to confuse bad spellers, dyslexics and first-time learners. Why must the second syllable be a mash-up of ‘right’ and ‘write?’ Where’s the logic there? A person who writes plays should be a play playwrite. The play writer isn’t always right—in fact, most of the shows I see at the Edi ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Cathrine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This has to be THE best play ever :-) !

I can't review it as that would be such a spoiler ;-) but I highly recommend it.

This was a reread for me.
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3.5 stars.
Victoria Larroque
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This was just so much fun to read!
I haven't read any contemporary plays or any Ali Smith, still, this was great!
It was alright at first, mundane lives and a circus stranger. However, once the fourth wall breaks free, all hell ensues. It's hilarious and thought provoking. I wish i could see it being performed. I can imagine the experience being rather interactive and fun when seen live.
Meg Deere
Oct 30, 2016 Meg Deere rated it really liked it
I've just recently fallen head over heels for Ali Smith's writing. She's clearly a novelist, so some of the theatrical conventions seem a little old, but her stage directions are beautiful. If this play was well-directed/performed, it could be a real treat.
Carlos Clorth
Jan 29, 2016 Carlos Clorth rated it liked it
Shelves: xxi, 2016
This is a fun comedy of manners with the touch of the wonderful Ali Smith. (!)
Jun 08, 2016 Anthe rated it it was amazing
I laughed so, so much throughout reading this, and what better to read on a plane to Scotland than Ali Smith (what better to read ever anywhere than Ali Smith is the real question here)
Silke Maria
Feb 29, 2016 Silke Maria rated it it was amazing
This play is no exception to my recently discovered love for Ali Smiths writing. It was pure delight, the characters so well portrayed and I highly recommend reading it. To everyone. Now.
Nov 17, 2015 Karly rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays-and-poetry
Ali Smith has a way with stories. They are simple, and comforting, yet entirely deep and complex at the same time. This play is no exception. I loved it.
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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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