What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
Life and Life was one of the best books I have read in many months, Kate Atkinson’s ability to plot out the story are so impressive and to make everyone in the book have a purpose and depth was brilliant.
She also has some lovely quotes of humour “And I thought his only vice was women” and a wonderful ability to describe the ordinary brilliantly – Page 29. The imagination to view the various strands of Ursula and the plot is amazing and she captured the life between Fox Corner and Izzie’s flat brilliantly. Her writing the tale of Usrula visiting the doctor is superb and she uses snippets of conversation to build up the characters of Sylvie and hugh wonderfully.
Her ability to deceive the reader but yet you feel part of the deception and so that when explaining the storyline to people they don’t get how it is not just a simple repeating tale, however Atkinson’s writing is of such quality that you go along with each strand of the tale. So Ursula is born and dies within two pages of the book!