A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances and the power of choices, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century over and over again. A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula's... show more
Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances and the power of choices, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century over and over again.
A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy--would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather-as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.
An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man's path through extraordinary times, A GOD IN RUINS proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
Publish date: 1963-01-01
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
A companion to Life After Life. Atkinson's plotting and writing and magical realism, all of it just gets better and better.Library copy
Reading Life After Life was such an odd and wonderful experience that I was curious about what Kate Atkinson would do in the companion novel, A God in Ruins. Rather than a post-structuralist and philosophical fictional biography, Atkinson gives us a meandering bildungsroman in A God in Ruins. It’s d...
I DNF'd this book last night. I was so bored with A God in Ruins that I skipped the second half of the book and advanced to the end of the book. There is a twist at the end of the story, but it was too little and too late, and I had kind of predicted it anyway. As with Life After Life, it was no...
A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson, author; Alex Jennings, narrator The book opens with the quote, “A man is a god in ruins.” The story then proceeds to illustrate Teddy Todd’s life from his childhood to his death. It is a poignant tale about an easy-going, non-confrontational man who always seems to wan...
I loved Life After Life but am setting this one aside after 106 pages - it's a relief not to feel obliged to read the rest of it.Life After Life is a puzzle box, a kaleidoscope of interlocking stories, where the unusual concept and Ursula's repeated deaths and attempts to avoid past mistakes create ...
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