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Hotel World / Edition 1

Hotel World / Edition 1

by Ali Smith
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Hotel World marks the American debut of an audaciously talented new novelist.

Sara Wilby, a hotel chambermaid, falls to her death in the dumbwaiter yet lingers in the world to remember things she never knew. Lise, the disgruntled receptionist, invites the homeless Else into the hotel, and together with Penny, a distracted journalist, they help Clare, the dead girl’s distraught sister, complete an errand she doesn’t fully understand. Five people: somehow they connect, and Ali Smith makes of their very different fates this playful, defiant, richly inventive, and wonderfully life- and love-affirming novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900385722109
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/15/2002
Edition description: 1 ANCHOR
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Ali Smith nació en Inverness (Escocia) en 1962 y vive en Cambridge. Su primer libro de cuentos, Free Love, ganó el Satire First Book Award y el Scottish Arts Council Award en 1995. Su primera novela, Like, apareció en 1997 y su segundo libro de cuentos, Other Stories and Other Stories, en 1999. Su obra ha recibido los mejores elogios de la crítica y los lectores, y se caracteriza por una enorme frescura y originalidad, además de por una excepcional perspicacia para encontrar los detalles cotidianos capaces de sorprendernos. Colabora con The Times Literary Supplement. Por Hotel World, finalista del Booker Prize, recibió el Premio Encore, dedicado a la segunda mejor novela. Su más reciente obra, Accidental, que será publicada por Alfaguara a fines del 2007, ha sido ganadora en el 2006 del Premio Whitbread, uno de los más prestigiosos de las letras inglesas, optaban autores de la talla de Nick Hornby (A long way down) o Salman Rushdie (Shalimar el payaso).

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Five people: four are living; three are strangers; two are sisters; one, a teenage hotel chambermaid, has fallen to her death in a dumbwaiter. But her spirit lingers in the world, straining to recall things she never knew. And one night all five women find themselves in the smooth plush environs of the Global Hotel, where the intersection of their very different fates make for this playful, defiant, and richly inventive novel.

Forget room service: this is a riotous elegy, a deadpan celebration of colliding worlds, and a spirited defense of love. Blending incisive wit with surprising compassion, Hotel World is a wonderfully invigorating, life-affirming book.

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Hotel World 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Struggles within classes in society and people of different social classes coming together at one hotel -Hotel World. Broken into 5 chapters representing 5 point-of-views for 5 different people. The homeless girl and the depressed/ mentally challenged girl's POV's are somewhat difficult to understand, but the point comes across either way. A good book with some unneccessary details.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work in the publishing industry and consider myself an avid reader, but I just didn't get this book. I couldn't even finish the book, I thought it was so terrible. It was extremely choppy, vague and nearly impossible to follow, not to mention a bit boring. It lacked interesting action.
NativeRoses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ali Smith delves into the psyches of a teenage ghost, homeless woman, young front desk worker, and guests connected to a hotel. The prose is disturbing and also very funny, sometimes at the same time. Jim Crace blurbed the book: "Courageous and startling. I doubt that I shall read a tougher or more affecting novel this year." i'd agree if i hadn't just read Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth, but Hotel World is still wonderful and i recommend it highly.
sunfi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finished this one, it was a little tough for me to read especially those sections without any punctuation. I can't say I would really recommend it to someone who prefers a more traditional literary format.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is distilled insanity. It's told from the more or less stream-of-consciousness points of view of five women whose lives intersect in a certain hotel: a dead teenager trying to remember her past, her sister working through her grief, a self-absorbed journalist, a bed-ridden invalid, and a barely coherent homeless woman. I wish I could explain the plot, but there really isn't one - just snapshots of life that happen to overlap a bit. That said, it was kind of a fun read in places. The ghost's manic descriptions were fun, the journalist's ignorance was amusing, and some of the writing style was novel. Plus, it was short enough that I never felt overtaxed by any one character - save the sister, whose entire chapter contained no punctuation. That was exhausting to read.
melibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
+ Well-written, interesting voices & prose.- Sometimes the artsy prose was too much, I wish there was a "wow" moment when you find out everybody is connected (instead, the knowledge trickles out throughout the book.)
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pulled in by the different styles of voice, but I was left a bit unsatisfied by not having a moment of clarity at the end of the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to be able to follow a nonlinear story to appreciate the beauty and depth of this incredible book. Ali Smith has written a book that is profound in its humanity. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a selection for a book club that I was involved in , and it was the only book that all of us agreed was a terrible read. After reading the synopsis of this book I was thrilled to start it, and that was the last time I had a pleasant thought about it. There are far too many outstanding, recommended, ok and even disappointing books out there to waste your time on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though certainly not for everyone, Hotel World is a moving tribute to the complexities of life and death and the stages in between. It isn't a Cinderella story, and is a bit morbid. But if you allow yourself to be pulled in by Ali Smith's effective style of writing, you will certainly be blown away by her stunningly accurate portrayal of women from completely different walks of life and points of view. Very highly recommended, although you may want to read the first page or two to see if Smith's way of writing attracts or repels you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can only describe Ms. Smith's writing style as fresh. The reader feels as lost as the main character, through voice changes and whole sections of the book lacking any punctuation at all. Ultimately satisfying however, as most, but not all, questions are answered on the last page of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amm...ill meet u at ur casa...kk? U got locked
Guest More than 1 year ago
.....but I hated this book so much that I literally through it in the garbage 1/4 of the way through. The writing is choppy and completely non-descript. The 'plot' is just monotonous.