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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 -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best"-- 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
Statement of Responsibility: Kate Atkinson
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 -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780316176484
0316176486
Branch Call Number: FICTION ATKINSON 2013
Subject Headings: Reincarnation Fiction Great Britain History 20th century Fiction
Genre/Form: Alternative histories (Fiction)
Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Reincarnation
LCCN: 2012046158
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Join the discussion on Nov. 20, 2014. On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy 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 ... Read More »

Join the discussion on Sept. 23, 2014. On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy 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... Read More »

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? I loved the dreamy but precise writing in this book, which sometimes reminded me of Virginia Woolf. Also available in ebook.

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best".

Comment by: multcolib_dianaa Mar 24, 2014

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 Vir... Read More »


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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.

Aug 15, 2014
  • joy_mcderment rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

An unbelievably boring book.

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
  • 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.

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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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Jun 02, 2013
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