Life After Life
A NovelBook - 2014
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SeattleNonficLibrarians Jul 02, 2019
This critically acclaimed genre-bender follows Ursula Todd through her many lives and deaths. Ursula dies promptly after she's born on a snowy evening in 1910 in England. The next time she's born, on the same evening, she lives for a few years before drowning. Ursula dies and is reborn into the s... Read More »
Just as Marianne and Roland live multiple variations of their relationship, Ursula Todd is able to live versions of her life as she is born and reborn throughout the 20th century. Atkinson explores how a single life could take so many different paths.
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"He's always been a politician. He was born a politician." No, Ursula thought, he was born a baby, like everyone else. And this is what he has chosen to become.
It's time she thought. A clock struck somewhere in sympathy. She thought of Teddy and Mrs. Woolf, of Roland and little Angela, of Nancy and Sylvie. She thought of Dr. Kellet and Pindar. Become such as you are, having learned what is. She knew what she was now. She was Ursula Beresford Todd and she was a witness.
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."
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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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