BOOK TITLE: Life After Life
BOOK AUTHOR: Kate Atkinson
PUBLISHER: Reagan Arthur Books |
April 2nd 2013
GENRES: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
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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 - this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
Oh Kate Atkinson, thank you for providing my book club with so much discussion material.
I LOVED this book. Interesting take: we get to see what would happen to the immensely interesting Ursula if she had a chance to retry her life changing events all during world changing times. She’s thoughtful and interesting, and the many different roads she has the opportunity to take not only shine the light on her but also on the incredibly tenuous times during World War II.
Atkinson uses beautiful prose and a gift for storytelling to bring readers the story of Ursula Todd and her family. She’s a true heroine, brought to readers with intelligence and emotion.
Thank you. This is a story that will stay with me for years.