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Life After Life

A Novel

Atkinson, Kate

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Life After Life
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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. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 0316176486
9780316176484
Characteristics: xi, 529 pages ;,25 cm

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Nov 25, 2014
  • occy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I did try to get into it, but threw in the towel 1/4 of the way into the novel. Not my cup of tea !!!

Aug 30, 2014
  • DeborahGD rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I'm glad to see I'm not alone in not enjoying this book. I found it very annoying that the author just abandons one narrative and starts another. I didn't bother finishing it. It felt like a complete waste of time.

Aug 30, 2014
  • ivych99 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Well I tried to finish it but it jut got so boring and a bit confusing half way through it, so I lost intrest.
The begingings were interesting, how she died and came back and how she got dejavu for doing it over so many times. That was something new.
Maybe in the future I would pick it up again and try to finish where I left off. Maybe.

Aug 25, 2014
  • 7mary7 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Another Ground Hog Day?

Aug 23, 2014
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The first half of this book was really gripping, from a combination of dejavu narration and reincarnation, but half-way something got lost. If I wasn't a stubborn reader, I would have tossed this book into the library return slot post haste. The ending wrapped up nicely, but the narrative really dragged on much too long and well before the wrap-up.

Jul 25, 2014
  • emmas_mom rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Despite eagerly anticipating the arrival of this book after reading many positive reviews, I was disappointed from almost the first chapter. While the prose is technically well done and at times brilliant, the story itself is confusing, choppy, tedious, boring, and far, far too long. I confess I only read about a quarter of it before closing it for ever. So many books, so little time, and I won't waste time on a book that doesn't grab me within the first 20 pages.

Jul 07, 2014
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not for lovers of conventional narrative – amazing family saga told in chapters that slip back and forth in time and what if scenarios through the mind of a girl with second sight. Cheating death time after time – born dead or saved by a snip of scissors, smothered by a cat or not, escaping the Spanish flu, and on….intense powerful chapters on living in London during the blitz. One to read again and again.

Winner of the 2013 best novel of the year in the Costa Book Awards announced on Monday Jan 6 2014.

Jun 19, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ultimately, I did really enjoy this novel. I am still confused after finishing it and I have a million questions, but I did like it.

Jun 18, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book had so much hype I read it against my better judgement. I thought the idea of chance governing outcomes was a good one, but frankly got tedious after a while. By the end I couldn't wait to get finished.

May 13, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There were bits where I couldn't put this down and bits where I had to force myself to keep reading; the tempo varied and the kinds of lives the protagonist led varied too. Overall it was a fascinating idea--imagine if you could live all the different permutations of your life based on all the ways things might have gone differently, whether because of your own choices or events outside of your control. Very engrossing.

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Jul 08, 2014
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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."

Jun 10, 2013
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"They had triumphed over death this night. Sylvie wondered when death would seek his revenge."

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Sep 09, 2014
  • cindyhib rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ery Confusing!!!!

Mar 10, 2014
  • dkilrain rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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Jun 02, 2013
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Mar 10, 2014
  • dkilrain rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

dkilrain thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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