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Life After Life

A Novel
Atkinson, Kate (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Atkinson, Kate
Title: Life after life
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First United States edition.
Characteristics: xi, 529 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Snow (11 February 1910)
Four seasons fill the measure of the year (11 February 1910, May 1910, June 1914)
War (June 1914, July 1914, January 1915, 20 January 1915)
Armistice July 1918, 11 Novemebr 1918, 12 November 1918)
Be ye men of valor (November 1930, December 1930)
Like a fox in an hole (September 1923, December 1923, 11 February 1926, May 1926, August 1926, June 1932 )
A lovely day tomorrow (August 1926, 2 September 1939, April 1940, September 1940, November 1940)
The land of begin again (August 1933, August 1939, April 1945)
The broad sunlit uplands (May 1945)
The end of the beginning
Peace (February 1947)
A long hard war (September 1940, October 1940, November 1940, May 1941, November 1943, February 1947, June 1967)
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 6 8 9 15 16 17 18 24 27 29 33 35 37 38 53 54 56 57 61 62 65 69 71 73 74 76 79 80 97 102 109 110 112 118 122 127 133 138 143 148 149 150 151 152 159 160 167 172 173 175 176 182 188 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 224 226 228 231 234 242 243 244 245 250 262 264 268 274 276 278
ISBN: 0316176486
9780316176484
Statement of Responsibility: Kate Atkinson
Subject Headings: Great Britain History 20th century Fiction. Reincarnation Fiction.
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction.
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Fantasy fiction, English.
Humorous stories, English.
Alternative histories (Fiction), English.
Topical Term: Reincarnation
LCCN: 2012046158
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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
  • barkylee15 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.

Le buzz sur ce live n'était pas mérité. Trop long et ennuyeux.

Apr 02, 2014
  • mudmainah rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was more like a roller coaster ride, this book. Sometimes steady, sometimes fast, and sometimes dipping into heartfelt tragedies. It isn't a question of the writing, the writing was splendid, rather the story is what brings differing views. I didn't find it hard to believe, although I do not believe in reincarnation, that this was possible in the realm of fiction. Fiction is fiction.

All together, this is a book that will be buzzed about for years to come, more for the memorable characters than the set story.

Mar 29, 2014
  • LaRoyal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Completely fell in love with this book after a rough start. True, without the wonderful writing, it would never have worked, but isn't that what all great books have in common? An unusual premise, dealt with in an unusual way. I give it full stars.

Not as good as her others but a decent read

Ursula, born in her banker father's country estate in 1910, dies at birth in the book's first pages. Then she gets another chance, dying in many ways and then being born again. Atkinson had a wonderful idea and executed it very well, and the writing is the very best- reminding me sometimes of Virginia Woolf.

Mar 08, 2014
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a 'very good' for the writing, a raspberry for the plot device. how many times can you invest in a character and then have that life go phfftt? the ending weighed down the rest of the book.

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

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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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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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