Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Library Loot ~ March 12 to 18

Life After Life ~ by Kate Atkinson, 2013, fiction
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?  On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife.  She dies before she can draw her first breath.  On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.  For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.  Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?  And if she can will she?

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to name the books we checked out of the library.  Click here to see what others got this week.


Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

I've been seeing this one around for months and every time I walk into the library I see it on the Popular Reads shelf staring at me. One of these days I'm going to pick it up. I hope you enjoy it :)
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Marg said...

I know I should have already read this, but I haven't! So many books etc.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Such a great book (like everything Atkinson writes)! Enjoy!!!

Helen's Book Blog said...

What a very buddhist concept except she knows she is being reborn, right? I do hope she becomes a "better" person with each life. But maybe she just gets disillusioned by humanity if she is experiencing the rough first half of the twentieth century!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Helen, I've read almost half the book now, and the little girl has "feelings" that she should or should not do something very important at certain stages of her life. But this isn't quite like being reborn each time. She keeps being reborn as herself. You really ought to try it yourself.

Beth said...

This would match up well with "Replay" which I read last month, which is also about redoing a life but in a different way. Hmm. I will push this up my to-read list.