Review: ‘Summer’ completes Ali Smith’s Seasons quartet, showing how beauty persist in all times | Book Reviews

SUMMER. By Ali Smith. Pantheon. 384 pages. $27.95.

Ali Smith is back with “Summer,” the final installment of her Seasons quartet. We can now see this project for what it is: a daredevil feat, with all kinds of pitfalls built in and bypassed. I don’t recall any recent literature that ties itself so ambitiously to our historical moment.

“Autumn” gave us Brexit; “Winter” gave us Trump; “Spring” gave us the refugee crisis; and now we’re here. It’s “Summer, and our own COVID-19 moment jumps off the page.

In “Autumn,” the first volume, Daniel Gluck (a character who’s back for “Summer”) tells a friend that “every history is a story,” and “whoever makes up the story, makes up the world.” So, what kind of world has Ali Smith made up for us? First, her story leans toward forgiveness. She’s a loving creator (if it’s not too sappy to say), generous with second chances. Take Art, for instance. In “Winter,” he creates a blog, “Art in Nature,” with which he intends to “cut through fake narratives with razor-edge writing. It’ll be searing, it’ll be honest.”

But, it’s neither searing nor honest. Art is a poseur who fabricates experiences and loses his girlfriend, Charlotte, in the bargain. Now, they’re back together and here to play a central part in one of the book’s acts of restitution. No one is stuck forever with the proceeds of sloppy mistakes, although Smith can be scathing when the crime demands it.

No voice here carries the day. Smith is ever aware of the wide streak between what seems to be and what is. She lets us listen in, play emotional detective and unscramble what we can of what is and what was (always crucial in a story that hopscotches across time and geography).

In her Paris Review interview, Smith says that she likes to use the “step-back motion” borrowed from Dickens. By getting a clear bead on the past, she hopes to create a space where we can see the way we live now (“the way that famous first paragraph of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ creates space by being its own opposite”). Never has she been more dedicated to the long view. And never has the long, settled view seemed more inconclusive.

Smith begins “Summer,” like the other Seasons books, with an overture, this one commemorating a dismissive vocal note, when everyone said: “So?” Smith is not a shrugger. Already, the fashion of pretending not to care seems like a lifetime ago. She begins by introducing us to a new family, the Greenlaws.

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Grace was once a famous actress and still has a head full of lines and scenes. Her first line nods to Dickens: “Whether I shall turn out to be the heroine of my own life

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Sara Ali Khan’s white outfit with rainbow coloured accents, matching accessories and mask is a lockdown Diwali wardrobe must-have – fashion and trends

Sara Ali Khan is juggling readings for her next Atrangi Re, with Dhanushya and Akshay Kumar, and promotions for her upcoming release, Coolie No 1 alongside Varun Dhawan, and the 25-year-old is looking stunning as ever while doing it. Sara is one of the few new generation actors in Bollywood to favour traditional wear over western wear, even though she looks like an absolute stunner in both, most of the times. But Sara and white are a match made in heaven and the Love Aaj Kal actor gave her fans a glimpse of her gorgeous OOTD as made her way to Atrangi Re director, Aanand L Rai’s Mumbai office. Sara wore the white ensemble with multicoloured floral and polka dotted print and thread work, matching dupatta and white pyjamas with lace work.

Sara Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan
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The Kedarnath actor accessorized her look with a matching rainbow hued potli bag, matching bangles and silver jhumkas. One would think this was already overkill with all the matching, but no, Sara went ahead and wore matching juttis, a staple in her wardrobe, and a mask matching her outfit, and looked absolutely gorgeous while doing so. A tiny blue bindi adorned her barely visible face, her eyes lined with kohl as she politely greeted and posed for the paparazzi outside the studio like she always does. The outfit is perfect for a coronavirus lockdown Diwali celebration, muted yet festive.


Sara is all set for the OTT release of her upcoming film, Coolie No. 1 along with Varun which is a remake of the 1995 film by the same name starring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. She is also going to share screen space with Akshay Kumar and Dhanushya for Aanand L Rai’s next, Atrangi Re. When the film was announced, Sara shared her excitement about the project with and Instagram post in January, captioned, “I can’t believe my luck. Blessed to be working with Aanand L Rai sir, in an AR Rahman musical. And so thankful to have Akshay Kumar Sir join hands with the extremely talented and incredibly humble Dhanush and myself.”

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Ali Amin Gandapur slammed for sexist remarks about Maryam Nawaz’s ‘beauty’

Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur was widely condemned on Saturday for making multiple sexist remarks targeted at Maryam Nawaz in a political gathering, alleging that the PML-N’s leader’s “beauty” was “because of the surgeries she got using taxpayers’ money”.

“She is beautiful, I will speak the truth. But listen to this as well — she spent tens of millions on surgeries during Nawaz Sharif’s two governments, using your tax money to ‘fix’ herself,” Gandapur said while addressing a rally in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Shigar.

“This beauty is also because of your money,” said the federal minister.

Turning towards the crowd, Gandapur said that if he “picks anyone from the crowd” and spends “just a little bit of taxpayer money” on them, then they will also turn into “Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise”.

‘A rotten minister from a rotten system’

Responding to Gandapur, PML-N’s Rana Sanullah said that the “selected lot” are in fear of an “unarmed girl”.

“A single girl has shaken the entire vote-stealing government,” said Sanaullah.

He added that one can expect this “dirty mentality” from a “rotten system’s rotten minister”.

“To [make] personal attacks is proof of their political failure and moral bankruptcy,” said the PML-N leader.

He added that “people with a sick mentality — who steal sugar, wheat and votes — have nothing for the people of Gilgit Baltistan”.

Social media slams Gandapur for statement

The statement also received some well-deserved condemnation on social media, with many users slamming the federal minister for the language used by him. 

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Bolly Buzz: Kareena Kapoor wishes Saif Ali Khan on their wedding anniversary; Ranveer Singh meets with a minor accident | Hindi Movie News

From John Abraham playing the villain in Shah Rukh Khan’s next to Kareena Kapoor’s adorable anniversary wish for Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone heading back to work, here’s everything you need to know. ETimes brings a new segment Bolly Buzz which goes beyond the usual mix of news and gossip to give all its readers a roundup of trending stories of the day.

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan completed 8 years of togetherness today. Bebo took to her Instagram handle and gave fans a gist of their fairytale romance and said, “Once upon a time there was a girl named Beboo and a boy named Saifu. They both loved spaghetti and wine… and lived happily ever after. Now you guys know the key to a happy marriage…”

Actor Ranveer Singh was spotted in the city on Thursday evening. The actor faced a minor accident on the road while travelling in the city. Ranveer was seen stepping out of his swanky black car as a bike had brushed past it. He checked the damage and went back to his car. He was seen sporting a black jacket and shorts along with red shoes and a cap. He was also seen wearing a black mask.

Reports suggest that John Abraham will be seen playing the bad guy in ‘Pathan’, opposite Shah Rukh Khan. It is being said that a very special look is being designed for John as he will be seen playing the most dynamic villainous characters. The film will also have Deepika Padukone playing the female lead.

Meanwhile, Deepika has resumed the shoot of Shakun Batra’s next in Goa, co-starring Ananya Panday, and Siddhant Chaturvedi. The director wanted her to ease into the process and start her shoot almost one week after reporting for duty. She had to head back to Mumbai after she was summoned by the NCB in a drug case.

Kangana Ranaut has got into action mode, punching, kicking and somersaulting her way to her next films. Sharing a video of the prep she has been going through for her upcoming films, she said, “I have started action training for my upcoming action films #Tejas and #Dhakaad I play a Fauji and a Spy respectively in these films.”

Script: Karen Pereira

Voice over: Shirley Thachil

Edited: Yogesh Jaiswar

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