Life After Life

Life After Life: A Novel

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What would happen if there is a life after life? A girl dies in a snowstorm in 1910 in England even before she takes her first breath. During the same snowstorm in England same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What would happen if there is a second chance, a third chance. Maybe infinity chances. Will you be able to protect the world from it’s unavoidable destiny. And what if you even want to. Life after life is a story of Ursula Todd who lives the annihilating moments of life again and again. With humor and love ,Kate Atkinson finds a silver line in life’s bleakest moments, and shows a talent to regenerate the past. In this novel ; She is at her best to enjoy the yin-yang of ourselves.
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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 more chance to live the best moments again and when necessary, to make different choices? But I would imagine if any of us were actually tasked to unravel all the “right” and “wrong” choices from our life and to relive the bad with the good, we’d go screaming into the night like raving banshees.

For what is a perfect life? How many kicks at the can would it take for you to answer that question, if it is indeed answerable at all? Change one thing, change everything, change nothing, change all the good, change all the bad. Round and round and round. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. What’s the saying? If I only knew then, what I know now…what? What would you do different? And would different choices always translate into better choices.

                                                                                                                                                                          

 So much great writing and characterization. Such an interesting premise and structure. Wonderful use of humor and irony (thank you, Teresa) throughout. Remarkable depictions of The Blitz. I want to give this book 5 stars. But I can’t. A bit of editing would have helped. but that’s a quibble. It’s very difficult to go back over the same territory over and over again and keep it interesting. Atkinson did this amazingly well, tho there were moments of, “oh not this again.” The real blooper for me was Ursula (view spoiler) I also didn’t love the way the book ended. Reading the book was like jumping out of an airplane and enjoying the ride (most of it), trusting that the landing will be a good one. Well, the parachute opened, but very late. The landing was abrupt. I think I still feel concussed. I just closed the book and I’m wondering, “what just happened?” Like Ursula, I’d like to go back up and try that again. Maybe the outcome will be better the second (or third or fourth) time around.

                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

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