Book 8 of 2013: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?
Ursula Todd is a peculiar case. Every time she dies, she is reborn again without any conscious memory of her previous life. Every time she is reborn, she gets a chance to right the wrongs and ultimately start anew.
Sound interesting? Of course it does. That’s why i’m baffled that 70% of the novel is utterly boring and even more baffled that people are just raving about this book. By the end, i ultimately stopped caring about everything and just wanted to finish it. I also picked it up because there was a blurb from Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl which tied with Beautiful Ruins as my favorite book of 2012) raving about this book.
Such an interesting concept is hardly used in a way that makes the mostly mundane story compelling. I’ll admit, there were some particular facets of the lives that Ursula lived that are quite involving, but mostly i found that I had to push myself to keep on reading.
Some lovely descriptions and sentences from the author but that does not make up for what I deem to be a complete waste of a good concept.