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A God in Ruins: A Novel por Kate Atkinson
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A God in Ruins: A Novel (original 2015; edição 2016)

por Kate Atkinson (Autor)

Séries: Todd Family (2)

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Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life after Life explored the possibility of infinite chances and the power of choices, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century over and over again. A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the twentieth century through Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy--would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather--as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.… (mais)
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Título:A God in Ruins: A Novel
Autores:Kate Atkinson (Autor)
Informação:Back Bay Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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A God in Ruins por Kate Atkinson (2015)

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I'm going to be reading this and Life After Life again. ( )
  A2Seamster | Apr 9, 2021 |
The life of Englishman Edward Todd from boyhood in the third decade of the twentieth century to his death in the second decade of the twenty-first is told starting at the pivotal point in his life as bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. Unexpectedly, he was one of the minority that survives the war. The majority of his comrades died in their 20s. Having survived, Teddy, by inclination a pastoral poetical soul, vows to be as kind as he can for the remainder of what will be a very long life where pain and death will be limited to the domestic front.

As is Atkinson's custom, the narrative shifts rapidly between scenes in the lives of Teddy, his siblings, wife, and children in alternating thematic (and non-chronological) order. It’s a well written, powerful literary narrative. ( )
  MaowangVater | Apr 3, 2021 |
The life of Englishman Edward Todd from boyhood in the third decade of the twentieth century to his death in the second decade of the twenty-first is told starting at the pivotal point in his life as bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. Unexpectedly, he was one of the minority that survives the war. The majority of his comrades died in their 20s. Having survived, Teddy, by inclination a pastoral poetical soul, vows to be as kind as he can for the remainder of what will be a very long life where pain and death will be limited to the domestic front.

As is Atkinson's custom, the narrative shifts rapidly between scenes in the lives of Teddy, his siblings, wife, and children in alternating thematic (and non-chronological) order. It’s a well written, powerful literary narrative wonderfully read by Jennings. ( )
  MaowangVater | Apr 3, 2021 |
Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins,” is not a page-turner. I mean that in the best possible way. It is a masterpiece – a saga of the Todd family and it covers in a loopy, free-floating manner four generations.

It would be an understatement to say that Atkinson is not constrained by chronology. The book opens with a short scene titled “Last Flight” – a brief rumination of Teddy, as he takes off on a bombing mission during World War II. In the next chapter we meet ten year old Teddy taking a walk in the country with his eccentric aunt who drove an ambulance during the Great War. During that chapter we have flash forward narrative on Viola (Teddy’s self-absorbed future daughter) and a flashback to his older brother Maurice upset that he’s not the head boy at his boarding school and then a flash forward to Maurice’s fate in the war (sitting it out behind an important desk at Whitehall where the “dead were simply inconvenient tables of figures to him.”)

So we don’t need to turn pages to find out what happens next because we know early on what happens to almost all the characters. It is a pleasure to spend time with all of them and knowing how they turn out doesn’t detract from that pleasure, it intensifies it.

Many of the events in this story are grim; some horrific. But the sadness and horror is almost always leavened by humorous ruminations and narrative asides. From a randomly selected page early in the book: “The Great War had made Sylvie into a pacifist, albeit a rather belligerent one.”

The author describes this novel as a companion piece to “Life after Life.” I have not read that book (I plan to), but I did not in any sense feel I was joining a party that started without me. “A God in Ruins,” stands alone. I highly recommend it.
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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
"War is man's greatest fall from grace especially when we feel a moral imperative to fight", says the author and this describes Teddy war. Teddy is a wonderful character and I followed his life with great affection for him for his wife Nancy and his troubled daughter Viola and grandchildren Sunny and Bertie. All of these supporting characters rich in themselves. And then the last paragraphs of the novel......wow.. ( )
  Smits | Jan 11, 2021 |
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Kate Atkinson writes a brilliant follow-up to her brilliant novel, focusing on Teddy, the RAF pilot and brother of the previous book’s heroine....But if A God in Ruins suffers from a touch too much tidiness, if it overcalculates the glories of a sensitive “artistic soul,” those flaws pale next to Atkinson’s wit, humanity, and wisdom. In her afterword, she alludes to the “great conceit hidden at the heart of the book to do with fiction and the imagination, which is revealed only at the end.” It is a great conceit. But it’s also a testament to the novel’s craft and power that the conceit isn’t what you’ll remember when it’s over.
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A God in Ruins doesn’t have a plot so much as a question, namely: How does such a lovely, perfect guy produce such a horrible, ungrateful daughter? Atkinson’s characteristic intelligence and wit are often on prominent display in the novel, yet it isn’t quite idiosyncratic enough to avoid the pitfalls of plotlessness. The chapters describing Teddy’s wartime exploits, in particular, feel over-long and over-detailed. One gets the sense that Atkinson has done a lot of painstaking research and doesn’t want to waste the fruits of her labour. ...Unlike Life After Life, which began flamboyantly and had a large cast of nuanced characters, this novel’s rewards come late in its pages. Until they do, we’re left in the company of two people who are ultimately rather dull: one because he’s “deplorably honest,” the other because she’s exasperatingly self-serving. Narrative psychology tells us there’s bound to be an explanation for this, and there is; the question is whether readers will have the patience to stick around and find out what it is.
 
But then you read a novel like Kate Atkinson’s “A God in Ruins,” a sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga that tells the story of postwar Britain through the microcosm of a single family, and you remember what a big, old-school novel can do. Atkinson’s book covers almost a century, tracks four generations, and is almost inexhaustibly rich in scenes and characters and incidents. It deploys the whole realist bag of tricks, and none of it feels fake or embarrassing. In fact, it’s a masterly and frequently exhilarating performance by a novelist who seems utterly undaunted by the imposing challenges she’s set for herself....Taken together, “Life After Life” and “A God in Ruins” present the starkest possible contrast. In the first book, there’s youth and a multitude of possible futures. In the second, there’s only age and decay, and a single immutable past. This applies not only to the characters, but to England itself, which is portrayed over and over as a drab and diminished place. The culprit is obvious — it’s the war itself, “the great fall from grace.”
 
A God in Ruins is the story of Teddy’s war and its legacy, “a ‘companion’ piece rather than a sequel”, according to the author. At first glance it appears to be a more straightforward novel than Life After Life, though it shares the same composition, flitting back and forth in time so that a chapter from Teddy’s childhood in 1925 sits alongside a fragment of his grandchildren’s childhood in the 1980s, before jumping back to 1947, when Teddy and his wife Nancy, newly married, are trying to come to terms with the aftermath of the devastation: ...A God in Ruins, together with its predecessor, is Atkinson’s finest work, and confirmation that her genre-defying writing continues to surprise and dazzle.
 

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Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life after Life explored the possibility of infinite chances and the power of choices, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century over and over again. A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the twentieth century through Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy--would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather--as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.

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