What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
©2013 Kate Atkinson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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"Ground Hog Day for early 20th C. history buffs"
What if? Runs through this story exploring the possible permutations of life for a character at various points in time from 1910 to the sixties. Engrossing,thought provoking and a good read.
"The Camomile Lawn meets Sliding Doors"
My first Kate Atkinson and doubt it will be my last, what an imaginative writer.
The book centres around Ursula and her family, from the moment she was born in 1910 and tells the stories of many "what ifs" surrounding her life and the impact of these scenarios on other peoples lives.
The story moves back and forth from her birth to the 60's, the attention to detail in the second world war was superb, with a couple of hidden gem events that will make you think.
Lastly Fennella Woolgar was a superb narrator with a wealth of voices she cleverly aged, so you do not get muddled with the different stories.
The story draws you in further and further into the many lives. Beautifully written with an insight to social history.
"Life changing and thoroughly entertaining"
The concept of the novel was original and thought provoking. How much do our choices create alternate possible lives? Are some events and key people always destined to be a part of our lives?
The narrator added a serene quality and produced a mesmerising reading.
Choices lead to consequences. How would you change your future?
"When will it ever end?"
An exercise in perseverance. But it did end eventually thank goodness. Not sure it was worth the struggle though.
"Gripping, beautiful, haunting and brilliant"
I couldn't put this down once I'd begun. Ursula is a wonderfully intriguing character, and I was totally drawn in to her parallel lives.
Beautifully narrated, this is a story that leaves you thinking. I always feel the ending can make or break a book, but this tale releases you much more subtlely and I found myself pondering on it for days afterwards. A masterpiece, and my book of the year.
Brilliant story , first time I have read this type of storyline.
Definitely her best .
Narration extremely good draws you right into the story
Boring and nothing happens at all. Even the OK bits are sub par and it's really difficult to get into the characters
"Life's Too Short..."
... to read a book like this. It's an interesting writer's device, to write the story over and over again with different endings, but really, I got bored after a while. By the time I was 3/4 through I could predict the story lines and would have been happy to abandon the whole thing except I find it difficult to leave a book unfinished. Even so, I found myself skipping sections. The bad thing was that it didn't matter if I missed out.
As a story of a family's journey from 1910 to 1960's, focusing particularly on one member of the family, Ursula, it could have been written in half the time and been reasonably interesting. Characters were well drawn but the re-hashing of storylines seemed to be a self-indulgence on the part of the author - showing how many different storylines she could think of!
Its generally a gloomy story and the reader's voice matched the general air of dread.
Overall, not a pleasant read.
don't think so
Maybe I should have given it more time, but after 1,5 hour it still didn't grip me, it felt like a long and tedious introduction, so I decided to stop the ordeal and ask for a refund.
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