Life After Life
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon... show more
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she?Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
Publish date: April 2nd 2013
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Pages no: 529
Edition language: English
Why, yes, it is appropriate that I finished this on Groundhog Day. I enjoyed all the different versions of Ursula's life. And I'm a big fan of stories about women in WWII.Library copy
I picked up 'Life After Life' in the winter a few years back. This was the first book I had read in months. At the time I was leaving a job so horrendous that I still shudder when I think about it. During my time in this hell I found I couldn't read books with the same satisfaction I usually do. E...
"There were people who saw TV dinners as the beginning of the end of civilization. (Did her robust defence of them indicate that perhaps she was of the same mind?) They obviously didn't live on their own. And really the beginning of the end of civilization had happened a long time ago. Sarajewo perh...
Read by Marguerite - Spans 1910-1965 England. A bit twee with some quaint colloquialisms. Rhythm and flow of new lives well executed. Surprising amount of depth.
I get the premise, but it was just so repetitive. I wasn't really interested enough to keep reading, especially with writing that felt very flat and kept getting in the way.