- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Random House (1 January 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552779687
- ISBN-13: 978-0552779685
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Life After Life Paperback – Jan 2014
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"Kate Atkinson’s new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader’s imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends." (Hilary Mantel)
"There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane.
Simply put: it's ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I'VE READ THIS CENTURY." (Gillian Flynn,no1 New York Times author of Gone Girl, and Sharp Objects)
"Truly brilliant...Think of Audrey Niffenegger's The TimeTraveler's Wife or David Nicholl's One Day...[or] Martin Amis's Times Arrow, his rewinding of the Holocaust that was shortlisted for the Booker. Life After Life should have the popular success of the former and deserves to win prizes, too. It has that kind of thrill to it, of an already much-loved novelist taking a leap, and breaking through to the next level...This is a rare book that you want, Ursula-like, to start again the minute you have finished." (Helen Rumbelow The Times)
"What makes Atkinson an exceptional writer – and this is her most ambitious and most gripping work to date – is that she does so with an emotional delicacy and understanding that transcend experiment or playfulness. Life After Life gives us a heroine whose fictional underpinning is permanently exposed, whose artificial status is never in doubt; and yet one who feels painfully, horribly real to us." (Alex Clark Guardian)
"Merging family saga with a fluid sense of time and an extraordinarily vivid sense of history at its most human level. A dizzying and dazzling tour de force." (Amber Pearson Daily Mail)
Winner of the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature prize, and shortlisted for the Women's (Orange) Prize for Fiction, Kate Atkinson's acclaimed new novel, about a woman who lives her life over and over again through the most turbulent events of the 20th century, including the London Blitz.See all Product description
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Very difficult to review - you have to read it and see what I mean!
Highly readable..you feel the pain, the angst and the joy of the characters. It will make you think about choices, how one choice, one decision made differently could have lead to a different life.
Highly recommend. The book can get a little confusing..but the author has done a brilliant job of making each character someone you believe, want to meet ( or not)...and empathise with..I was sad when the book ended...I wish there had been another window into Ursula's life...after life....