Loved it! Read it, tell your friends to read it.
This book moved me deeply. Although several reviewers branded Ms. Atkinson's technique as disingenuous and even conceit, I found it intriguing and gripping. I enjoy fiction set in historical contexts greatly and this book felt unique, authentic, and starkly beautiful. Ursula's choices felt timeless, and reflected the life changing events of women throughout history. This story was my favorite fiction of 2014.
Awesome read. I liked it so much I am rereading parts.
The plot device of getting to reinvent Ursula's life each time was novel, and at times hilarious. What took this from an entertaining read to an epic one was the writer's ability to layer a deeper, less explained residual wisdom that might occur, like dipping a candle. The end of the book made the read worthwhile, proving that it wasn't just a device. Bravo!
This book is a bit of a challenge to review. On one hand the writing is well done, the characters are likable and I love the twists and turns to the story. On the other hand, when the story begins and begins again and again it gets a bit tiring even though there are new details woven in. A bit depressing at times. Overall though I like the book and the plot. Unlike some reviewers I felt the ending was fairly clear. Based on this book I would read another by this author.
I've always wondered how Kate Atkinson wove the pieces of her stories together, so that they came together with such stunning brilliance and near perfection at the end. Yet, Life After Life manages to transcend all the truly wonderful stuff she's written that came before. I'm afraid you can't say much about the story itself without possibly spoiling someone's future read. But Ms. Atkinson does certainly "get it right." Having just finished the book, I am in awe of her incredible talent.