Book 27/50: Life After Life | The Life of K: Book 27/50: Life After Life

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book 27/50: Life After Life

Instead of writing today about our trip to Calypso or our anniversary weekend in Montreal, here's a book review. A much quicker post than the other two!

From Goodreads: On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, 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 any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

What I thought: This sounds like an interesting book, but I had the hardest time getting into it. I like the idea that our life takes a different path for every choice we make and seeing the different paths that Ursula's life takes as she is born again and again was interesting, but boring somehow. Some of the paths were pretty awful and some I wish hadn't ended, while some were just horrible and I couldn't wait for her to die so that she'd get a chance at something better.

All that to say I'm not sure what I thought about the book and whether I'd recommend it. Probably not.

Up next: Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of)

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