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Life After Life (2013)

de Kate Atkinson

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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. "--… (més)
  1. 287
    The Time Traveler's Wife de 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.… (més)
  2. 100
    Replay de 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.… (més)
  3. 92
    Cloud Atlas de David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both have unusual narrative structures and explore the theme of reincarnation.
  4. 114
    Case Histories de Kate Atkinson (JenMDB)
  5. 50
    A God in Ruins de Kate Atkinson (Laura400)
  6. 30
    La ronda de nit de Sarah Waters (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: A different concept, but nonetheless also brilliantly written and with the Blitz as backdrop.
  7. 30
    Station Eleven de Emily St. John Mandel (sturlington)
    sturlington: These are both interesting contemporary works of speculative fiction that play with time and structure.
  8. 20
    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August de Claire North (fairyfeller, pan0ramix)
    fairyfeller: Explores the same concept of one person living the same over and over.
  9. 31
    The Post-Birthday World de Lionel Shriver (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both books examine decisions and moments that change the course of a life.
  10. 10
    A Tale for the Time Being de Ruth Ozeki (bibliothequaire)
  11. 21
    Code Name Verity de Elizabeth Wein (amysisson)
    amysisson: Both are about the unusual ways in which women may impact the tides of war
  12. 54
    Blackout de Connie Willis (VenusofUrbino)
  13. 00
    Recursion de Blake Crouch (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: Any explanation would be a spoiler for Crouch's novel.
  14. 00
    The Children's Book de A. S. Byatt (kiwiflowa)
  15. 11
    Human Croquet de Kate Atkinson (shaunie, KayCliff)
  16. 00
    Secrets of a Charmed Life de Susan Meissner (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Similar time in history. A story of 2 sisters during the Second World War.
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3.5* ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
Set during two World Wars, Atkinson introduces us to Ursula, a British girl who lives on a country estate with her parents and siblings. What is unique and interesting about this novel is that Ursula dies. A lot. And never in the same manner. She is then reborn and a sense of deja vu leads her to make different decisions that send her life on a completely different trajectory. This construct could have been tiresome or hokey, but Atkinson does a very good job of injecting this piece of fantasy into what is otherwise a realistic piece of writing and making it work well. I've seen many comparisons to Cloud Atlas, but to me, Mitchell pushes every boundary to the max which lands it squarely into speculative fiction land. Atkinson's tale really reads like historical fiction with this one anomaly of the protagonist being reborn and reliving sections of her life.

For me, the more interesting plotlines were not those of the historical persuasion, but rather seeing Ursula's growth as a person. Her sexuality, for instance, changes immensely between lives. It became clear how her youthful experiences completely impacted her adult decision making.

All in all, I found this book to be engrossing. The descriptions of death were exceptionally well done. Given that none of us really knows what death would feel like, I felt like Atkinson's descriptions really fit my ideas of death and how I imagine it might be. It sounds morbid, but on some level, I appreciated that these scenes were not given short shrift. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
Que Úrsula Todd muera a las pocas horas de nacer en una casa de campo inglesa a principios de 1910 y que a la vez, el médico llegue a tiempo para salvarla son dos hechos perfectamente compatibles en Una y otra vez, una novela que ofrece siempre dos alternativas a su protagonista. Así, Úrsula tendrá varias oportunidades de cambiar su destino, el de su familia e incluso el de toda Europa. Y no se trata solo de vivir una nueva vida, sino de hacer algo con lo que la mayoría hemos soñado alguna vez: borrar aquellos episodios del pasado que hablan mal de nosotros. Gracias a un perfecto dominio en la creación de ambientes y personajes, Atkinson consigue varias novelas en una sola. Trágica en ocasiones, divertida en otras, pero siempre intrigante, la gran autora inglesa cuenta una historia pero es como si contara cientos de ellas.
  Natt90 | Feb 28, 2023 |
The Library of Congress informs me that this plodding novel concerns itself with reincarnation, and perhaps it does, but to me it more closely resembled one of those works, so beloved of turn of the century writers and filmmakers, which are rooted in alternate histories fueled by contingency theory positing that events, whether quotidian or earthshaking, are dependent on minute, seemingly trivial, happenstance. This approach to life goes back to the old doggerel which begins "For want of a nail" and to me is unpalatable buncombe historically. Which doesn't mean that one can't enjoy the works of art it spawns.

The novel begins with a bang with the protagonist assassinating Adolf Hitler before he can become Reichsfuhrer, and within the first fifty pages one knows that the ride is going to be bumpy, as several characters die only to be resurrected on the very next page. We bounce back and forth through time and space from a bucolic Edwardian country manor through a spell in Germany, London during the Blitz, and even occasionally onward into Swinging London. Our doughty heroine witnesses or experiences murders, rapes, corpse hunting in rubble, and many a family death, but nevertheless she persisted through it all, head held high, with her disarming sardonic wit to guide her. The author generates wonderful characters; our protagonist is easy to like and the supporting cast is well fleshed out too. But the book is hopelessly overwritten--is it really necessary to learn about the character and history of every tenant in her apartment house? Since given the premise of multiple realities, almost everything has to be narrated multiple times, the book struck me as a real slog through most of its great and repetitive length. As a conventional novel, I enjoyed a great deal of this, but after the third week, I found myself treating this as a part-time job, and became impatient with all the pretentious mumbo-jumbo about reincarnation, alternate histories, or whatever. At day's end this was all a little too Perils of Pauline for me, and did I mention that it's too long? ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Feb 16, 2023 |
Engrossing read! I very much enjoyed it, although it was often hard to wrap my head around, and hard to keep up with all the variations in Ursula's lives. (Just saying 'lives', plural, messes with my head!) ( )
  AuntieG0412 | Jan 23, 2023 |
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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.
afegit per Sylak | editaStylist [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 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.)

"What if we had a chance to do it again and again," Teddy said, "until we finally did get it right? Wouldn't that be wonderful?"
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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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