Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


It’s like reading a book on shuffle.

Life After Life does not have a specific timeline in which the story follows. It’s basically about the characters. Which is fine, fantastic, even.

I know it’s quite impossible to understand a character completely since it would take more than a book or even a lifetime or so. And this 544-page book manage to compensate a lifetime worth of relationship between the reader and the character. And when a connection is made, it will trigger you to feel with the character, to empathize with her. And that’s when you know, you care for the character, that isn’t just a character anymore. Special mention goes to Ursula and Hugh.

And there’s the presence of war. One day you’re engaged and the next you’re not. A minute ago you were alive and the next you’re not. Maybe because it wasn’t morbid or grotesque that made me shiver more. It was how normal it felt to see dead bodies, how normal it is to look up and see bombs falling, how normal death is.

Although I think I would’ve appreciated it more, if I was an English myself. Since this book is targeted to that group the most. Nonetheless, it was amazing!

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who deserve a second chance

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 720)

Below are information about this book.

Publication: April 2nd 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published March 14th 2013)

From Goodreads:

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, 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 any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.


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