Life After Life Paperback – 2014
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PRAISE FOR LIFE AFTER LIFE
"Kate Atkinson is a marvel. 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, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year award for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been an internationally bestselling author ever since. Her most recent books include Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, and Started Early, Took My Dog. Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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The last four were brilliant detective novels all based on Jackson Brodie, a former private eye who made it his business to investigate the murders and disappearances of young women and girls. All are clever, entertaining and compulsive reading. The author is incapable of writing a dull page.
In my view LIfe after Life is her best book to date which I consider to be very high praise considering her excellent track record.
The novel reviews much of the period from 1910 to post world war two in England by telling of the variety of lives lived by the central female character in various alternative contexts with varied outcomes to dramatic situations. Sounds a little weird but as a literary and narrative technique it works wonderfully well. The sections of the novel dealing with the bombing of London in World War two are detailed, harrowing and brilliantly researched. What if the heroine could have prevented the death and suffering of millions in wartime Europe? The author handles this possibility, and many others, with genuinely brilliant aplomb. A novel not to be missed by anyone who enjoys first -rate writing and fabulous plot structures!
Other reviewers have written about the time period and story lines so I won't bother repeating them here. If you are looking for brilliant, entertaining and satisfying reads this summer - start with this one!
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