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Life After Life (2013)

por 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)
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    The Time Traveler's Wife por 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 por 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)
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    Case Histories por Kate Atkinson (JenMDB)
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    Cloud Atlas por David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both have unusual narrative structures and explore the theme of reincarnation.
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    A God in Ruins por Kate Atkinson (Laura400)
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    The Night Watch por Sarah Waters (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: A different concept, but nonetheless also brilliantly written and with the Blitz as backdrop.
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    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August por Claire North (fairyfeller, pan0ramix)
    fairyfeller: Explores the same concept of one person living the same over and over.
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    Station Eleven por Emily St. John Mandel (sturlington)
    sturlington: These are both interesting contemporary works of speculative fiction that play with time and structure.
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    The Post-Birthday World por Lionel Shriver (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both books examine decisions and moments that change the course of a life.
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    A Tale for the Time Being por Ruth Ozeki (bibliothequaire)
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    Code Name Verity por Elizabeth Wein (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both are about the unusual ways in which women may impact the tides of war
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    Recursion por Blake Crouch (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: Any explanation would be a spoiler for Crouch's novel.
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    Human Croquet por Kate Atkinson (shaunie, KayCliff)
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    Blackout por Connie Willis (VenusofUrbino)
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    The Children's Book por A. S. Byatt (kiwiflowa)
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    Secrets of a Charmed Life por Susan Meissner (Utilizador anónimo)
    Utilizador anónimo: Similar time in history. A story of 2 sisters during the Second World War.
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I loved this book! Kate Atkinson has written a very clever and masterful story about Ursula Todd. Ursula lives and dies many times, always being born in 1910, but the cause of death and the age she is when she dies changes. Atkinson uses The Butterfly Affect, where one slight change in events makes a completely different outcome in Ursula's life. She is not reincarnated, but is reborn as the same person on the same date over and over again, with small changes affecting the way she dies and often impacting others lives as well.
There is not an explanation about how or why this happens to Ursula, but the novel is so multi-layered and rich, that does not seem to matter. There are a lot of questions raised as you read, making this a great book club selection.
I loved Atkinson's style of writing, her liberal use of literary quotes by Donne, Shakespeare and other authors, and her description of living in Britain during the Blitz is vivid and harrowing. One part of the book that I didn't enjoy was Ursula's time spent with Eva Braun. The storyline felt contrived and stilted, and did not have the same flow as the rest of the story. ( )
  lonetree1972 | Jun 1, 2021 |
After hearing this one was similar to "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August", I knew I had to check this one out. The mechanism for the "life after life" affect took me a little while to understand, but made sense after a while. I didn't feel that I was able to connect with the main character by the end, leaving me withdrawn from the overall direction. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
The conceit of jumping through time and various versions of the same life, I found more irritating than illuminating. I did allow the author to present what life was like in both England and Germany from 1910 to about 1950. I suppose it was also an attempt to illustrate how differently a life would play out with just one small variation in events. ( )
  snash | May 11, 2021 |
Good: Atkinson has a really engaging writing style and I'm a sucker for time stuff so this was definitely my jam. I grew really attached to Ursula's family and to specific versions of her life. There were times when I felt a genuine twinge of apprehension when I knew Ursula was close to a dangerous situation (I really grew to hate that shitty apartment she kept dying in). Also I liked that Ursula's personality would change slightly and subtly depending on how her life was turning out that time.

Bad: The ending was really unsatisfying. I get the point that Atkinson was trying to make and I'm not saying that a more dramatic ending would have been better but the book seemed to end with more of a whimper after a lot of work to get to that point. Also I was confused about the things that would change that weren't because of Ursula since it started happening more later in the book when the rules of her reincarnation already felt established. Why did Roland come to live with them that one time and no other time? Why was Ursula born once without the doctor and every other time with him there? Also I felt like the psychiatrist knew something but it never went anywhere. Was he experiencing the same thing? It was implied but not very strongly.

Weird: Ursula really screwed Bridget over with Clarence. I think she was harboring some unconscious resentment for the influenza.

Final: The writing wins me over where the science fiction elements fail me. This feels like a time travel story for people that don't like time travel stories so while I very much do like time travel stories I can still appreciate this as an enjoyable historical novel with some ill-defined science fiction bits in it. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Ummm...what? ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 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.
adicionada 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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