A God in Ruins

by Kate Atkinson

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Where to start? This is a sort-of follow up to Life After Life in which Ursula Todd kept going back through bits of her life until she got it “right”. Which was also a masterpiece of all-over-the-place what-on-earth-is-the-author-doing-here fiction which I loved. In this book the story is given to Ursula’s brother Teddy, which incidentally has me wondering if there are any other bear related names that could come to the fore to make a trilogy. Teddy was a bomber pilot in the second world war and this book goes back and forth in his life from his youth to his old age bringing in the stories of his descendants too. It’s less of a wild ride than Life After Life in many ways, but Atkinson still has plenty of authorial magic up her sleeve to twist things around so that you are never sure quite what is going to come next. A really interesting book, and one that could be read with or without having read Life After Life first, indeed you could read it afterwards. As always I’m left intrigued to find out what Kate Atkinson will come up with next!