Life After Life
A NovelBook - 2013
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JCLAmandaW May 30, 2017
Every choice has a consequence that is far reaching. Ursula is able to relive her life with the hint of knowledge from previous lives; like the feelings of unexplained dread or deja vu. An intelligent and thoroughly engaging read.
JoCoLibraryAdultPicks Jan 30, 2017
I have read several Kate Atkinson novels, but when this one was released a few years ago I hesitated because the idea behind it seemed so complicated and difficult to pull off. Two pages in, I was hooked. I don’t know anyone who’s read this book who doesn’t love it.
JCLCatherineG Feb 17, 2016
The most original and interesting book I've read in a while! Loved it!
JCLMostWanted Nov 20, 2014
While you're waiting for the sweeping and lyrical WWII story of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr, give LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson a try. Both of these books have vivid, unforgettable characters who grapple with the complex moral challenges of living through the cataclysm of Worl... Read More »
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"He's always been a politician. He was born a politician." No, Ursula thought, he was born a baby, like everyone else. And this is what he has chosen to become.
It's time she thought. A clock struck somewhere in sympathy. She thought of Teddy and Mrs. Woolf, of Roland and little Angela, of Nancy and Sylvie. She thought of Dr. Kellet and Pindar. Become such as you are, having learned what is. She knew what she was now. She was Ursula Beresford Todd and she was a witness.
Fur sie, fuhrer.
"Home," it had struck her on the torturous drive back to London, wasn't Egerton Gardens, wasn't even Fox Corner. Home was an idea, and like Arcadia it was lost in the past."
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This is the first book I have read by this author. I will definitely read another book by her as her style of writing is great. However, this book was a bit hard to follow. The basic premise is to show what would happen if you could relive events in your life until you got them right. The concept is great, but a bit cumbersome in the execution. You end up having chapter after chapter of the same events happening with different outcomes. The net result is you are left with a story that has no real linear story as you aren't sure what this person's life really ended up being. In the end it seems there would be some sort of tying together of all the elements. However there was not, and the reader is left hanging in the air, which is frustrating slogging through a fairly dense book. This would be a great book for a book club though as there is lots of food for thought.
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