Saturday, 27 April 2013

LITERARY MASTERPIECE: Life After Life --- The riveting new novel everyone's been raving about

Author Kate Atkinson has hit the jackpot. Literally. Her wildy inentive, extravagantly praised new novel, Life After Life, is the book that the world's top critics can't recommend enough. "[Atkinson's] latest novel, Life After Life, is her very best... A big book that defies logic, chronology and even history in ways that underscore its author's fully untethered imagination," raves the New York Times' Janet Maslin. "Even without the sleight of hand, Life After Life would be an exceptionally captivating book with an engaging cast of characters... [Atkinson's] own writerly cradle was rocked by a very sure hand indeed." 


At its core, Life After Life poses the simple yet utterly profound question: What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? That's the incredible fate that has befallen Ursula Todd, the book's well-drawn protagonist, who is born again every time she dies. Each successive life is an iteration on the last, and the reader witnesses how how Ursula's choices affect her, those around her, and the fate of the 20th-century world. 

"Life After Life is an extraordinary feat of narrative ambition, an audacious genre-bender, and a work of literary genius," raves Grantland's Kevin Nguyen, while Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt hails Atkinson's fantastic storytelling. "It's all so richly imagined and ingeniously executed that the mystery feels right," she reports. "What Atkinson has mastered: shining a light on how full life is of choices and chance, and how lucky we are to live it."

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