Public libraries and other stories is a collection of stories by Ali Smith; after each tale there is a recollection or an episode about public libraries and the cultural and educational role they have in modern society.
I honestly prefer other books by Ali Smith (like the beautiful How to be both and the nice Autumn), and I like more her narrative style in the novel form, however I still remember some images from this collection of stories:
- the books that contain short text in the boundary and the poet Olive Fraser who frees them at the end of the tale that tells a fictional episode of her life;
- the old lady forgotten on the train and the group of teenagers who help her;
- the child who wants to pay an object with flowers;
- the mix of bureaucracy and technology that make ourself lose control of our life (the cloned credit card, the man declared dead multiple times without reason).
To the readers wanting to read for the first time something by this author I think it’s better to go for a novel.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith ★★★☆☆
*I read this book in english