What I liked about this story is how different it was written. So interesting. I couldn't put it down.
"The one and the other" is a novel that the linear story, from a to b, mess and gets into question. There is first the drawing and then painting, as in a chronological course, if there is only the surface, the painting as we see it in the end, a character asks. What we know about the past, unless what we imagine, as George does with Francesco and Francesco also with George. How relate past and present, but also life and death, one version of a story with the other. The painter of the mind sees the girl and thinks it's a boy (she also has an androgynous name, George). George imagines a boy dressed as a girl. This gender theme - not uncommon in Ali Smith - is part of a global, agile and playful treatment of the elusive nature of identity, choices, knowledge, to the tendency of George to tackle with puns and jokes arguments and discussions.
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