Saturday, 12 November 2016

Short Story Saturday: Public Library and Other Stories



PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTHER STORIES
Written by Ali Smith
October 2016; 220 Pages
Penguin Books; Anchor
Genre: short stories, fiction

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

★★★1/2

"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 remind us to pay attention to the world we make.

Public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery - and right now they are under threat from funding cuts and widespread closures across the UK and further afield. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Ali Smith joins the campaign to save our public libraries and celebrate their true place in our culture and history.
" (From Publisher)
 I love the message behind this collection - libraries are essential and important even more today.  The stories relate to that message.  I enjoyed some of the stories more than others.  I liked them on the whole but just didn't connect to them as I hoped.

k (My Novelesque Life)

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