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Life After Life de Kate Atkinson
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Life After Life (2013 original; edició 2013)

de Kate Atkinson (Autor)

Sèrie: 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. "--… (més)
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Títol:Life After Life
Autors:Kate Atkinson (Autor)
Informació:Doubleday UK (2013), Edition: 1st Edition, 352 pages
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Life After Life de Kate Atkinson (2013)

  1. 297
    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. 110
    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. 124
    Case Histories de Kate Atkinson (JenMDB)
  4. 102
    Cloud Atlas de David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both have unusual narrative structures and explore the theme of reincarnation.
  5. 60
    A God in Ruins de Kate Atkinson (Laura400)
  6. 40
    La ronda de nit de Sarah Waters (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: A different concept, but nonetheless also brilliantly written and with the Blitz as backdrop.
  7. 40
    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. 30
    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. 64
    Blackout de Connie Willis (VenusofUrbino)
  11. 21
    Human Croquet de Kate Atkinson (shaunie, KayCliff)
  12. 10
    A Tale for the Time Being de Ruth Ozeki (bibliothequaire)
  13. 22
    Code Name Verity de 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 de Susan Meissner (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Similar time in history. A story of 2 sisters during the Second World War.
  15. 00
    The Children's Book de A.S. Byatt (kiwiflowa)
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    Recursion de Blake Crouch (rstaedter)
    rstaedter: Any explanation would be a spoiler for Crouch's novel.
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This was not your typical time travel/time loop novel. Ursula doesn't wake up after every death remembering everything that had happened before. Instead, she gets glimmers of past lives - times when her life didn't end so well, choices that didn't go as planned. The specter of WWII underpins most of the story - Ursula lives through the bombing of London and the loss of her brother to war. Some of her lives are personally tragic, and others are tragic in a more situational sense. I was overwhelmed with just how devastating the war was to England (and indeed, not just WWII but the after effects of WW I). ( )
  tjsjohanna | Feb 19, 2024 |
(2013)Very good time travel story without a time machine. Ursula Todd is born in 1910 and dies many times and always comes back to start her life again. She lives these lives with one final purpose, to kill Adolf Hitler before he becomes Chancellor of Germany and starts his march to World War. Each life prepares her for the eventuality. Finally she determines that that is the reason for her many lives and she plans and prepares for what she perceives as her fate. But in the end as always the past and future win and her fate is to die in the attempt.KIRKUS REVIEWIf you could travel back in time and kill Hitler, would you? Of course you would.Atkinson's (Started Early, Took My Dog, 2011, etc.) latest opens with that conceit, a hoary what-if of college dorm discussions and, for that matter, of other published yarns (including one, mutatis mutandis, by no less an eminence than George Steiner). But Atkinson isn't being lazy, not in the least: Her protagonist's encounter with der F?hrer is just one of several possible futures. Call it a more learned version of Groundhog Day, but that character can die at birth, or she can flourish and blossom; she can be wealthy, or she can be a fugitive; she can be the victim of rape, or she can choose her sexual destiny. All these possibilities arise, and all take the story in different directions, as if to say: We scarcely know ourselves, so what do we know of the lives of those who came before us, including our own parents andin this instance¥our unconventional grandmother? And all these possibilities sometimes entwine, near to the point of confusion. In one moment, for example, the conversation turns to a child who has died; reminds Ursula, our heroine, ?Your daughter....She fell in the fire,? an event the child's poor mother gainsays: ? ?I only ever had Derek,' she concluded firmly.? Ah, but there's the rub with alternate realities, all of which, Atkinson suggests, can be folded up into the same life so that all are equally real. Besides, it affords several opportunities to do old Adolf in, what with his ?funny little flap of the hand backward so that he looked as if he were cupping his ear to hear them better? and all.Provocative, entertaining and beautifully written. It's not quite the tour de force that her Case Histories (2004) was, but this latest affords the happy sight of seeing Atkinson stretch out into speculative territory again.Pub Date: April 2nd, 2013ISBN: 978-0-316-17648-4Page count: 544ppPublisher: Reagan Arthur/Little, BrownReview Posted Online: Jan. 21st, 2013Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2013
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
I wanted to like this more than I did. The Hitler angle ruined it a little bit for me.

Overall it felt more like an experiment or a writing exercise that would have been better if it were shorter. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Why would a novelist wade into the story of a character several times telling it differently each time? Is it like the movie Groundhog Day to give the character a chance to get the story right? Is it a chance for the author to reveal her craft in trying to get the story right? Or is it a metaphysical statement based on a sort of Buddhist belief that our souls are reincarnating themselves in the process of reaching Nirvana? Author Kate Atkinson has one of her characters quoting Heraclitus view that the river is never same each time you put your foot into it. The same must be true of the author, for each time she wades into the story while time and the space have not altered, the story refracts light in a new way.

I think this is one way to appreciate her novel, a book that is certainly disorienting to the average reader expecting a linear experience.

This book is not a linear experience. In fact, it's almost more pleasurable reading each chapter as a short story within itself. It made me wonder if Atkinson wished she were really Alice Munro, one of our great contemporary short story writers.

Putting the chapters together as a whole is less satisfying at first go. In one telling, the novel's hero, Ursula Todd, meets Eva Braun and murders Adolfo Hitler. In another telling Ursula marries an abusive husband. In one telling Ursula loses her favourite brother to war. In another telling, her brother survives the experience. A large part of the story revolves around the experience of being bombed during the WWII blitz of London by the German airforce and the similar experience of the average resident of Berlin later in the war.

Atkinson pulls together several preoccupations in this novel. Her interest in Eva Braun as a symbol of the hero-seeker. Of the victims of war. Of the role of family in the psyche, of the meaning of dread and the mysteriousness of evil are among them.

In the interview of the author by Canadian Eleanor Wachtel Atkinson talks about her desire to break away from the intricate plotting of her detective novels as means to free up her creativity. The structure of Life After Life may simply be a way of liberating herself as an author and nothing more. She herself says she doesn't overly intellectualize her work while she is in the middle of it. That comes later.

Evil comes in many guises in this novel, but is almost always delivered by men, although not all men in the novel are evil. But men actually do very little in the story with the notable exception of the heroine's psychoanalyst. There is much to dread in the novel, and much evil that goes unexplained, and that may be a reflection on the dread Atkinson says she experienced as a youth.

In many ways I was happy to finish the novel. Death, dismemberment, loneliness, isolation, tyranny, and wife-beating. Really, I can only take so much of the dark matter. Still, Atkinson is a very powerful writer, one who will make me return to her, I'm sure. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
Slow start. Interesting concept of repeated scenarios with different outcomes, but never quite good enough to hold my attention for long. ( )
  jsolar | Jan 22, 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.
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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"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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