EBOOK Ã EPUB A God in Ruins é 9780385618717 ¸ KATE ATKINSON

EPUB A God in Ruins

EBOOK Ã EPUB A God in Ruins é 9780385618717 ¸ KATE ATKINSON ¸ [Reading] ➷ A God in Ruins Author Kate Atkinson – Eyltransferservices.co.uk In Life After Life Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again In A God in Ruins Atkinson turns her focus on UrNd progress of the th century For all Teddy endures in battle his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to hav “Despite the owl which continued to hoot its unholy lullaby he fell almost immediately into the deep and innocent sleep of the hopeful” First the confession I didn’t really like Life After Life Oh I admit it was a very clever idea beautifully written but for me something was missing It was all a bit random and at times I may as well be honest a wee bit annoying Something of a mixed blessing then to be sent an ARC of the “companion piece” A God In Ruins It’s a beautiful limited edition proof that will look great on the shelf but did I really want to put myself through of the same Well I did thank goodness because A God In Ruins is one of the most extraordinary books I’ve ever read It is the story of Ursula Todd’s younger brother Teddy who becomes a fighter pilot in World War 2 is one of the relative few to survive and who goes on to marry have a daughter and a couple of grandchildren and live to a ripe old age So what Yes I know I’d be tempted to say the same if the book was ‘sold’ to me in that way It’s difficult to explain uite why this is such an exuisite read because there’s precious little in the way of plot but it is testament to the sheer brilliance of Atkinson’s writing that she can keep her reader so engaged without too much happening Every incident every character is drawn with exuisite sparkling colour not a single detail seems superfluous and her dark bitchy sense of humour weaves through the narrative like a glossy black ribbon The timeline jumps about a bit The story is written from multiple points of view that occasionally leap up and take the reader by surprise but otherwise I couldn’t fault this book Well maybe I could just a tiny bit because as I neared the end I found myself thinking ‘It’s a lovely book but I’m not sure what the point of it is other than the interest to be found even in very ordinary common place lives’ In fairness I’d have been happy to leave it at that I was enjoying the read so much And then oh my lord the point The point of the book hit me like a blow from a sledgehammer It made me cry It made me feel like a complete fool It left me in awe of Atkinson’s brilliance It made me want to read Life After Life again I cannot say just by mentioning that there is ‘something to come’ I may have already spoiled the surprise to some extent and for that I apologise but without referring to ‘the point’ it would be almost impossible to explain why I think this great glorious heartbreak of a book will come to be considered one of the defining novels of our time PS I did re read Life After Life I get it now The rest of the world was right and I was wrong

Kate Atkinson Ü A God in Ruins BOOK

In Life After Life Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again In A God in Ruins Atkinson turns her focus man this book chills i tell you everywhere chills this is a companion book to Life After Life and technically it is teddy's story teddy you will recall from life is ursula's little brother if you have not read Life After Life what the crap is wrong with you go read meet us back here when you're donei say technically because although teddy is definitely the center of this book we are still treated to the stories and perspectives of some of our other friends from life as well as some new additions sylvie izzie nancy hugh sunny viola bertie and just a dash of ursula who does not spend this book dying on every other page lucky girl the two things about life that resonated with me long after i closed the book had nothing to do with its structural playfulness which seems to be the thing about the book that most people wanna talk about and it should be talked about because it was risky and well handled but for me that was or less cosmetic the things that shattered me were her writing about war and her glorification of english stoicism and while this book doesn't have the same structure as life it most definitely has these two focal pointsand they are just as good here as they were in life i'm not big into wartime narratives but atkinson has a gift she takes the english experience during world war two and just dissects the crap out of it whether it be in long chapters about teddy's experiences as a fighter pilot sometimes TOO long which is my sole complaint about this book but that complaint is tied to my own tastes which balked at the very detailed descriptions of planes which are no doubt fascinating to people with an interest in military history or in smaller stories about the way the war changed people their sexual permissiveness social restructuring and my second ♥ that stiff upper lip if you're reading this review you probably know me and know my tastes and a lot of what i enjoy from steinbeck to hardy to grit lit are stories of endurance and adaptability in unforgiving circumstances the triumph of the human spirit and man's struggle against forces of nature and hardship yada and this entire book is resting on the sturdy foundation of stoic forbearance on doing what needs to be done on making do and not making a fussa perfect example of this It was when she had come down from the walls at Monkgate Bar and was waiting to cross the road at the traffic lights that a black curtain suddenly descended and covered her left eyeIf she had gone completely blind she would have called for help but the loss of only one eye didn't seem cause enough to involve complete strangersi mean COME ON that is stellarand also instead he had stayed and plodded on because something told him that this was the life that had to be lived outHe preferred solitary pursuits and being a member of a group seemed rather dutiful but he could do dutiful and somebody had to or the world would fall apartand the book is just FILLED with that same as in life and it is also filled with stories stories stories each one a soulhurting gem three words dominici said that the book wasn't as structurally playful as life but it does do a couple of things we bounce around back and forth in time and voice prewar wartime postwar post post war with an overarching omniscient narrator casually inserting facts and fates that will happen in the future which may or may not be fleshed out in later chapters details will occur and then recur in a different context with different import we will revisit meaningful objects through the eyes of several characters who may not know what they are looking at oh and there's this one other thing about which you will hear nothing from me except that it's reader jarring than anything that happens in life don't read too many reviews of this book i have been careful but others may not be go in cold and prepare to be blown away again by this woman's phenomenal storytelling abilities and her ability to write characters for whom you will care very deeply and fear for because we are at war and you can be killed while sunbathing on a roof please ms atkinson jimmy izzie maurice anyonethis is only a four star from me because it is not uite as good as Life After Life which is like saying camembert is not uite as good as brie it's practically a meaningless distinction as i would eat either of those anytime anywhere for all intents and purposes this is a five star bookcome to my blog

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A God in RuinsOn Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would be A God PDFEPUBpoet RAF bomber pilot husband and father – as he navigates the perils a I guess I just loved everything about this book except the cover but I won't knock any stars off for that Kate Atkinson writes like a dream The early parts of this book are slow but the prose is so good the slowness does not matter And it needs to be read carefully anyway because at times the story flits backwards and forwards and the reader needs to be alert in order to keep track I enjoyed the fact that the book is set in the same world as Life After Life but focuses on Teddy instead of Ursula She pops in and out but this is Teddy's story and Teddy's life There is a wealth of historical detail about World War 2 and the part played by fighter pilots which would not usually be my cup of tea However the author tells it so well and brings it all to life in such a way that you can imagine being up there in that tiny plane or worse crash landing in the North Sea Teddy is a wonderful character who grows from boyhood to old man during the story and becomes someone you really care for And then the ending absolutely stunned me I did not see that coming and I will be thinking about it and replaying it for days Thank you very much Kate Atkinson and what on earth are you going to write next