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Life After Life

de Kate Atkinson

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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, and lets out a lusty wail. 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?… (mais)
  1. 237
    The Time Traveler's Wife de Audrey Niffenegger (Yells, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These moving and thought-provoking novels portray characters whose lives are continually disrupted by time shifts -- in Life after Life, the protagonist repeatedly dies and comes back to life, while in The Time Traveler's Wife, the protagonist time-travels involuntarily.… (mais)
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    Replay de Ken Grimwood (fspyck, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Life after Life and Replay feature characters who live multiple lives against their wills; the complications of dying and coming back to life form the core of each novel and create moving, sometimes funny, always thought-provoking situations.… (mais)
  3. 114
    Case Histories de Kate Atkinson (JenMDB)
  4. 61
    Cloud Atlas de David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both have unusual narrative structures and explore the theme of reincarnation.
  5. 40
    A God in Ruins de Kate Atkinson (Laura400)
  6. 20
    The Night Watch de Sarah Waters (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: A different concept, but nonetheless also brilliantly written and with the Blitz as backdrop.
  7. 20
    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August de Claire North (fairyfeller, pan0ramix)
    fairyfeller: Explores the same concept of one person living the same over and over.
  8. 31
    The Post-Birthday World de Lionel Shriver (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both books examine decisions and moments that change the course of a life.
  9. 10
    Station Eleven de Emily St. John Mandel (sturlington)
    sturlington: These are both interesting contemporary works of speculative fiction that play with time and structure.
  10. 10
    A Tale for the Time Being de Ruth Ozeki (bibliothequaire)
  11. 21
    Code Name Verity de Elizabeth Wein (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both are about the unusual ways in which women may impact the tides of war
  12. 00
    Recursion de Blake Crouch (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: Any explanation would be a spoiler for Crouch's novel.
  13. 11
    Human Croquet de Kate Atkinson (shaunie, KayCliff)
  14. 44
    Blackout de Connie Willis (VenusofUrbino)
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    The Children's Book de A. S. Byatt (kiwiflowa)
  16. 00
    Secrets of a Charmed Life de Susan Meissner (Usuário anônimo)
    Usuário anônimo: Similar time in history. A story of 2 sisters during the Second World War.
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I really wish I could love this ‘Groundhog Day’ reflections of a life. Alas, it took me close to 300 pages to care about Ursula in any deep way, possibly because this is the page mark where the reader has the privilege of the longest (so far in the book at this point) chapter of her life without a restart. This happened at least three times — moments where I became engrossed only to get jerked away. Admittedly, there are joys and delight amongst the pages, and I cannot fault the writing or research, although the style is rather distinct in a way that doesn’t particularly appeal to me. Neither do I fault the author’s reasons for writing this novel, as detailed in the author’s footnotes at the end of the book. This may be for anyone who wants to ‘experience’ a historical reflection of English country life and wartime, of which this gives a real flavour. But sadly for me I felt this was time lost, reading a story that seems rather pointless other than several ‘what if’ snippets of life with no conclusions. Odd, how a book can be both excellent yet unsatisfactory, but that’s the only way I can refer to this. I have another book by this author featuring a character from this book, but though I’ve tried, I’m not sure I will read it. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Feb 20, 2021 |
I liked the overall premise of this book. Quickly paced and easy reading - it read much quicker than a 500 have page book. Very imaginitive and unique, loved the idea, but overly repetitive at times. ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
A Groundhog Day-ish take on "what if you could go back in time and kill Hitler" but with little (if any) focus on the actual consequences of killing Hitler and more on the personal life choices leading up to it. Reminds me of an awful lot of Jo Walton: the echoes of other worlds touched on in "Prize in the Game" and played with much like in this book in "Lent", the personal "what ifs" in "My Real Children", and the mood of pre-WWII England explored in the Farthing series.

The circular structure keeps us coming back to some of the same events, giving us a lot of depth into them (though there are differences enough that later in book/life that sometimes I struggled to place a name that in a previous iteration had been introduced in a different context.) The downside of the structure, being in a Groundhog loop without a happy ending endpoint, is that crafting a satisfying ending is a challenge. The addition of variations that seem due to random chance rather than the protag's memories complicates matters. This book takes the approach of choosing to stop after recounting a happy moment in one iteration. Is it the *end*-end? there's no reason to think so; but it is a very pleasant place to stop. ( )
1 vote zeborah | Feb 4, 2021 |
I didn't think this was her best book but it was beautifully written, well researched and totally absorbing. The concept of reincarnation is interesting to me but I felt there could have been greater use made of previous lives' lessons in Ursula's current life. The other characters were also a bit confusing and I had to keep flicking back to work out who was who.
But I would recommend this book. ( )
  joweirqt | Jan 15, 2021 |
i absolutely loved this book although I have to admit that you had to do two things to read it. One was suspend your disbelief in reincarnations or incarnations (if that is even a word?) and get past the first 75 pages. At first I wasn't sure what was going on and then when I realized what was going on I went with it as a story and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms. Atkinson had the ability to put me right in wartime London and I found that fascinating and enjoyable. I can't really say anymore without spoilers. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
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I absolutley loved Life After Life. It's so brilliant and existential, and I really responded to all of the 'what ifs' and 'if onlys' that she plays with.
adicionado por Sylak | editarStylist [Issue 338], Emily Blunt (Oct 12, 2016)
 
Atkinson’s juggling a lot at once — and nimbly succeeds in keeping the novel from becoming confusing.
 
For the other extraordinary thing is that, despite the horrors, this is a warm and humane book. This is partly because the felt sense of life is so powerful and immediate. Whatever the setting, it has been thoroughly imagined. Most of the characters are agreeable. They speak well and often wittily. When, like Ursula’s eldest brother, Maurice, they are not likeable, they are treated in the spirit of comedy. The humour is rich. Once you have adapted yourself to the novel’s daring structure and accepted its premise that life is full of unexplored possibilities, the individual passages offer a succession of delights. A family saga? Yes, but a wonderful and rewarding variation on a familiar form.
 
This is, without doubt, Atkinson’s best novel since her prizewinning debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and a serious step forwards to realising her ambition to write a contemporary version of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. A ferociously clever writer, she has recast her interest in mothers and daughters and the seemingly unimportant, quotidian details of life to produce a big, bold novel that is enthralling, entertaining and experimental. It is not perfect – the second half of the book, for example, could have done with one less dead end – but I would be astonished if it does not carry off at least one major prize.
 
Aficionados of Kate Atkinson's novels – this is the eighth – will tell you that she writes two sorts: the "literary" kind, exemplified by her Whitbread Prize-winning debut Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and the Jackson Brodie crime thrillers. In reality, the distinction is superfluous. Atkinson is a literary writer who likes experimenting with different forms, and her books appeal to a huge audience, full stop. However, for those still keen on these discriminations, Life After Life is one of the "literary" ones. As with the Brodies, Atkinson steers with a light touch, despite the grimness of the subject matter...The novels of Kate Atkinson habitually shuffle past and present, but Life After Life takes the shuffling to such extremes that the reader has to hold on to his hat. It's more than a storytelling device. Ursula and her therapist discuss theories of time. He tells her that it is circular, but she claims that it's a palimpsest. The writer has a further purpose. Elsewhere, Atkinson is quoted as saying: "I'm very interested in the moral path, doing the right thing." It's impossible not to be sympathetic toward Ursula, who yearns to save the people she loves and has been blessed – or cursed – with the ability to do it.
 

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What if some day or night a demon were to steal you after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you:'This life as you now live and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more"...Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him:"You are a god and never have I heard anything so divine.'

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"It's as if," he said to Ursula, "you walk into a room and your life ends but you keep on living."
"All those names," Teddy said, gazing at the Cenotaph. "All those lives. And now again. I think there is something wrong with the human race. It undermines everything one would like to believe in, don't you think?"

"No point in thinking," she said briskly, "you just have to get on with life." (She really was turning into Miss Woolf.) "We only have one after all, we should try and do our best. We can never get it right, but we must try." (The transformation was complete.)

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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, and lets out a lusty wail. 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?

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