How to be both by Ali Smith

This novel is a dual narrative that explores the interconnected stories of a 15th-century Italian Renaissance artist named Francesco del Cossa and a modern-day teenager named George. The book is divided into two parts, one set in the past and one in the present, and the order in which they are read can change the reader's interpretation of the story. The novel delves into themes of art, gender, sexuality, and the fluidity of identity, while also examining the ways in which we perceive and understand the world around us.

The 3372nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 311

Since this book was first published in 2014, there is a penalty of 64.0%. The age adjusted score is 111.96.

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