Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

Trigger warning for rape, abortion, antisemitism, descriptions of dead bodies.

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

My Thoughts:
In this book we follow the many lives of Ursula Todd. Everytime Ursula dies she starts her whole life again and has to learn from what happens previously until she gets it right and is able to move on.

I really enjoyed this book, it is such an interesting concept, imagine being able to re-live your life over and over again until you get everything right.

Ursula and her sister Pamela have a great relationship and can talk about anything together despite the year and the general status of women in those times and how women were supposed to be submissive and if anything happened it was their fault.
I do wish Maurice, the oldest Todd child and son would have been developed a bit and he became a bit more likeable but he remains quite unlikeable, however, Teddy and Jimmy are extremely sweet and really nice.

I found it really interesting how Ursual would change just the smallest things in her life and it would change the outcome drstically and I loved that.

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57 thoughts on “Life After Life – Kate Atkinson”

  1. I haven’t read anything by Kate Atkinson, I don’t really know why… but this one caught my attention right now and I am going to add it to my wishlist actually

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  2. I havenโ€™t heard about this book yet. Thanks for sharing the deets. I enjoy the concept of many lives since reading Many Lives Many Masters. A fictional take on the same topic would be interesting.

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  3. What an interesting concept for the book! And very cool that the smallest change in Ursula’s behaviour would change her course. Personally, I would never want to live like that. I feel like a lot of “mistakes” in life lead us to different paths that aren’t necessarily better or worse. And even death can’t be traced back to any one mistake. I like the idea of having just one life you have to make the most of.

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  4. It kind of reminds me of Every day by David Levithan or that A Dog’s Purpose movie! With Every day, the lead gets to live different lives of humans while the dog in the said movie lives another life right after he dies. I actually like this kind of concept – reincarnation. Thanks for your review!

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  5. Ooh what an interesting premise – I really like the sound of this. Great review – another one to add to the list for sure. Shame not all the characters developed but sounds like a good read.

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  6. What a unique idea! That sounds like a really cool concept and it would be super interesting to see how the character would adapt to something like that. Thanks for sharing!

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