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Life after Life

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 Life aft DECEMBER 2013Paul Bryant had really only just started driving back home was still trying with his left hand to jam the seat belt buckle into its lock and multitasking like mad he was thinking about how to review Life After Life and probably getting too caught up in the various amusing ways it could be done so that he simply didn t notice the car poking far too far out of the side street When finally he did he had to swerve like crazy right into the oncoming traffic What with his seatbelt not being properly secured and the 30 ton lorry darkness fell rapidlyDECEMBER 2013Paul Bryant had really only just started driving back home was still trying with his left hand to jam the seat belt buckle into its lock and multitasking like mad he was thinking about how to review Life After Life but wasn t so caught up in the various amusing ways it could be done that he didn t notice the car poking far too far out of the side street Stupid boy racer He thought as he made a violent emergency stop When he did finally get home he parked as usual round the corner got out of his car and was delighted to be confronted with one of the urban foxes which visited Sherwood occasionally Such elegant raffish creatures But there seemed to be something agitating this particular one It was moving side to side and then turning right round in some distress What was wrong with it Suddenly it lunged towards him nipped him on the ankle and rushed away He thought about the disturbing incident later that evening as he sat at his computer and began his review But then he began to feel most peculiar He suddenly hated all the people who had written sniffy reviews of Life After Life comparing it to Groundhog Day as if that may be a totally great movie but Bill Murray is aware of reliving his endless day and Ursula is not aware of reliving her life and it s her whole life it s not even Groundhog Life please don t get me started but also his mouth was dripping saliva he had a high temperature he was sweating like crazy and his hair was standing straight up Urgggghhhe lapsed into a coma Darkness fell againDECEMBER 2013Paul saw the idiot boy racer trying to edge out of the side road and slowed down to let him out Why not Let him cause a fatal crash somewhere else When he got home as he opened the car door he was confronted with one of the urban foxes who visited Sherwood occasionally But this one looked a little strange Thinking it might possibly be rabid he gave it a blare on the car horn and it ran off Later that evening sat at his computer he was trying to marshal his thoughts on Kate Atkinson s pitch perfect contemplation of our little lives and their infinite forking paths Ursula s main problem was that she couldn t change the fact that she was born in 1910 Hitler was always waiting for her and how this gimmicky pop philosophical soft science fiction not uite alt hist novel morphs into a terrifying war story one of the best descriptions of life during the Blitz ever but his thoughts were interrupted by the roar of a police helicopter They fly around Sherwood sometimes always en route to St Ann s which is gangster territory This one seemed to be right above his house What a racket Suddenly the noise stopped Peace That was not such a good thing however as the helicopter s engine had cut out and the helicopter was descending rapidly through his roof Darkness fell uite uicklyDECEMBER 2013Paul didn t crash wasn t bit by rabid fox didn t have police helicopter fall on his house made it to his computer in one piece and thought for a moment Yes The review How about thisDECEMBER 2013

SUMMARY í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Kate Atkinson

What if you could live again and again until you got it right On a cold and snowy night in Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife She dies before she can draw her first breath On that same cold What if you had the chance to live your life again and again until you finally got it rightUrsula Todd is born in a snowstorm in England in 1910 but dies before she can take her first breath During that same snowstorm she was born again and lives to tell the tale again and again Life after Life tells the story of Ursula s lives as with each new life she makes small changes that send her on a completely different pathI feel like I m the only person on the planet that thought this book was overhyped and over rated Sure Kate Atkinson has this trippy ability to create this bleak world while still managing to add some wit and compassion but it wasn t the writing that was at fault The premise of the book makes it sound really good but let s face it it is just Groundhog Day in disguise The book is clever but it tries too hard to be clever and it didn t really turn out the way it should have for me anyway This book is getting so many rave reviews I feel like I am a black sheep just telling people it did not workAs I said before there is nothing wrong with the writing Kate Atkinson has created this lyrical narrative and I did find myself being swept away in the words I even felt like at times I was reading this book without thinking about what was happening a few times I had to stop and process before continuing I almost found myself not noticing a death and Ursula s life starting again and that could have got me completely lost I did feel like Kate Atkinson did however overdo the twists and it turned out to be a roundabout way to retell the same story over and over again with different outcomes This could have worked and it sounds like it worked for many people but I sadly wasn t one of themI wonder if Kate Atkinson was trying something different and experimental where she could play with the character s death and life explore the concept of life s choices and their conseuences but because there were no real penalty to Ursula s life I wonder if it really worked Do you ever have d j vu I don t think so but I could check with the kitchen Life after Life just seems to repeat the same scenes some readers might gain a sense of familiarity and for me it just felt like I wasn t getting anywhereLife after Life is the kind of book you should probably read in a real cold climate the snowy dark and sometimes bleakness of the novel seems to call for it Maybe read snuggled up on a dark winters night and don t forget your booties cause it s cooooold out there today It s coooold out there every day What is this Miami Beach It is just the book that would work better in the cold though it is never cold here in Townsville maybe that s why it didn t work for meI really wanted to enjoy this book I will try another Kate Atkinson novel because I really think she has a great style Just so happened Life after Life was not for me and I know people loved this book and will probably complain about this review but at least it was just an excuse to put some Groundhog Day uotes into something This book has had so many positive reviews so maybe it is just me if the book sounds like something you d like then don t let this review stop you is it too early for flapjacksThis review originally appeared on my blog

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Er PDF or 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 I m rating this book two stars only on a technicalitywhich is that technically speaking this book sucksUrsula Todd is an English born nobody Born into a large wealthy family there isn t a whole lot about her that stands out She shares a closeness with one or two of her siblings but overall she has a pretty meek personality and remains largely invisible most of her life with the caveat that most of her life in Ursula s case actually means most of her lives because this bitch keeps on dropping dead and coming back again Life After Life is a book that focuses on Ursula s slow build up over the course of multiple lives because it takes her hundreds of tries to get it right to assassinating Adolf Hitler This is not a spoiler by the way The assassination occurs on page one The hundreds of lives it takes for her to get to that point occur on pages two through five hundred twenty nine And that includes the following exits stage left spoiler alert if you re a Final Destination fan umbilical cord strangulation asphyxiation by natural gas blunt force trauma by a falling brick wall blunt force trauma by a homicidal husband suicide by cyanide capsule stroke or whatever the hell that was on the park bench falling off a roof Spanish flu drowning Blitz bombing Some of these happen repeatedly because it takes Ursula several lives to figure out that she s doing something wrong and needs to adjust her strategy She can t exactly remember her previous deaths but she does know something is amiss and can occasionally execute a modification to her preordained path and avoid that outcomeonly to have a different mortal outcome occur in its stead of course But truthfully most of the time the modification occurs on its own without her having to do anything at all MagicAnd that is what is most bothersome to me I think besides her dull personality It is exhausting to read about a woman dying over and over again only to be reborn right back where she started and all without seeming to have any input into anything whatsoever She just goes along with the program a plastic bag beaten about by the wind All the dumb things she has done along the way all the idiots she enters into relationships with it all starts over and then you start to get confused as to who s alive and who s dead in this new life of hers and is she still with this person Is she a mother this time around A spinster And then you start to realize that who cares It doesn t matter She ll just die again anyway In fact the only time she ever starts to make real decisions is toward the end of the novel after she has lived a ludicrous number of lives and are we supposed to be at this point rooting for her What most of us have just one lifetime to figure out she gets hundreds and even so it s still not enough One of my favorite of Ursula s decisions is that after dying a bunch of times in the Blitz she decides to spend her next life somewhere safer and moves from London to fucking MunichGood griefAlso the character interactions which is something I usually enjoy in novels is pretty nonexistent here Characters don t have meaningful interactions in Life After Life they merely uip and provide one liners before the narrative moves onto the next scene which is often just as dull Reading this book ultimately became tiresome to me which is not really how you want your reading experience to goLooking at the ratings for this novel it s clear I m in the minority which is why I felt a certain pressure to isolate the components of it that irritated me or caused me to dislike it but the truth is I don t really know for sure if it was any of these things in particular or if it was the whole package to blame but the bottom line is that this book was just not for me

  • Hardcover
  • 479
  • Life after Life
  • Kate Atkinson
  • English
  • 02 February 2018
  • 9780385618670

About the Author: Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh Her first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever sinceShe is the author of a collection of short stories Not the End of the World and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Crouet Emotionally Weird Case Histories.



10 thoughts on “Life after Life

  1. says:

    What if you had the chance to live your life again and again until you finally got it rightUrsula Todd is born in a snowstorm in England in 1910 but dies before she can take her first breath During that same snowstorm she was born again and li

  2. says:

    I wanted to like this book I wish I could enjoy it I bought it with such enthusiasm and couldn't wait to start reading it But alas I sensed almost at the very start that it wasn't going to be a happy relationship a point confirmed by mid way through the bookThe length the repetitive scenes the incredible number of times Ursula dies and is reborn are all tedious and terrible torment to get through 23rds in I

  3. says:

    kate atkinson has written a lovely accordion fold of a novel herethis is not a jackson brodie novel which are always much better than your typical detective novels even though i haven't read the last one yet merp but this one is jus

  4. says:

    DECEMBER 2013Paul Bryant had really only just started driving back home was still trying with his left hand to jam the seat belt buckle into its lock and – multitasking like mad he was thinking about how to review Life After Life and probably getting too caught up in the various amusing ways it could be done so that he s

  5. says:

    I love book about someone reliving their lives over and over and this one was no exceptionHistorical fiction this time and finally with a mai

  6. says:

    Oh dear dear dear dear dearObviously I'm on another planet to all the other reviewers here but try as I might I simply had to give up on page 265and call it a dayThe concept of constant re births and lives was a good one but sadly for methe incidents throughout were so tame and tepid and the characters that popped into Ursula's l

  7. says:

    Ursula Todd is born in the midst of a blizzard in 1910 not once but many times during the course of her life living only to die and

  8. says:

    “Don’t you wonder sometimes” Ursula said “If just one small thing had been changed in the past I mean If Hitler had died at birth or if someone had kidnapped him as a baby and brought him up in I don’t know say a uaker household—surely things would be different” Kate Atkinson author of eight previous novels

  9. says:

    I’m rating this book two stars only on a technicalitywhich is that technically speaking this book sucksUrsula Todd is an English born nobody Born into a large wealthy family there isn’t a whole lot about her that stands out She shares a closeness with one or two of her siblings but overall she has a pretty meek personality and remains largely invisible most of her life—with the caveat that “most of her life”

  10. says:

    I'm pretty sure the idea of being forced to live my life over and over again is something plucked from my worst nightmares but who among us hasn't been at least tempted to dream of it occasionally with a wistful sigh Please please please just one chance to live the best moments again and when necessary to make different choices But I would i

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