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Life After Life: A Novel por Kate Atkinson
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Life After Life: A Novel (original 2013; edição 2014)

por Kate Atkinson (Autor)

Séries: Todd Family (1)

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"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? 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, 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 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? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best. "--… (mais)
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Título:Life After Life: A Novel
Autores:Kate Atkinson (Autor)
Informação:Back Bay Books (2014), Edition: Reprint, 560 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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Life After Life por Kate Atkinson (2013)

  1. 307
    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)
  2. 110
    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)
  3. 112
    Cloud Atlas por David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both have unusual narrative structures and explore the theme of reincarnation.
  4. 124
    Case Histories por Kate Atkinson (JenMDB)
  5. 60
    A God in Ruins por Kate Atkinson (Laura400)
  6. 50
    Station Eleven por Emily St. John Mandel (sturlington)
    sturlington: These are both interesting contemporary works of speculative fiction that play with time and structure.
  7. 40
    The Night Watch por Sarah Waters (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: A different concept, but nonetheless also brilliantly written and with the Blitz as backdrop.
  8. 40
    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.
  9. 31
    The Post-Birthday World por Lionel Shriver (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both books examine decisions and moments that change the course of a life.
  10. 64
    Blackout por Connie Willis (VenusofUrbino)
  11. 21
    Human Croquet por Kate Atkinson (shaunie, KayCliff)
  12. 10
    A Tale for the Time Being por Ruth Ozeki (bibliothequaire)
  13. 22
    Code Name Verity por Elizabeth Wein (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both are about the unusual ways in which women may impact the tides of war
  14. 00
    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.
  15. 00
    The Children's Book por A.S. Byatt (kiwiflowa)
  16. 00
    Recursion por Blake Crouch (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: Any explanation would be a spoiler for Crouch's novel.
  17. 00
    The End of Days por Jenny Erpenbeck (vwinsloe)
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Not good for listening, but an interesting book none-the-less. ( )
  kwagnerroberts | Jun 24, 2024 |
Well written but in the end it all just seemed futile. Urusla was able to make some adjustments that helped her and her family but they were all Etch a Sketch-ed out when she died so I was just left with the feeling of 'what's the point though?' ( )
  ChariseH | May 25, 2024 |
Fun book and the writing was good. For a book about somebody repeating the same lifetime again and again it was surprisingly not science-fiction-y at all. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | May 15, 2024 |
Enjoyed it as I have all of Kate Atkinson's books. The unusual technique of losing the heroine each chapter was not a problem for me and I was just as eager to continue with her revised life and alternate events. The characters leaped off the page and took up easy residence in my imagination no matter their resolution. The writing was excellent. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
I loved the premise of this book, and was engaged and involved from the very first page. At every point in our lives, as heroine Ursula Todd discovers, chance, choice, the choices of others or happenstance govern the path our life follows. Kate Atkinson explores those possibilities, re-telling aspects of Ursula's story time after time as different paths are taken.

The book works well in developing this idea, and it works well as a family saga too, telling the story of her sister, her three brothers, her parents and aunt, who to a lesser extent have their paths re-cast too.

My only quibble came after 400 pages, when I found there were still 200 to go. I felt Atkinson had said much of what she needed to say, and that little was gained by extending the narrative. Her descriptions of blitz-damaged London were evocative and involving, whereas the latter part of the book, set in Germany, worked less well for me.

This is an original book, witty and thought-provoking. I'd recommend it even more heartily if it were just a little shorter. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
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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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"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?"

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"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? 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, 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 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? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best. "--

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