A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

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The stunning companion to Kate Atkinson's #1 bestseller Life After Life , "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl ).
Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Her new novel tells the story of Ursula Todd's beloved younger brother Teddy--would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father--as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is facing the difficulties of living in a future he never expected to have. The stunning companion to Life After Life , A God in Ruins explores the loss of innocence, the fraught transition from the war to peace time, and the pain of being misunderstood, especially as we age. Proving once again that Kate Atkinson is "one of the finest writers working today" ( The Chicago Tribune ), A God in Ruins is the triumphant return of a modern master.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385671408
Branch Call Number: FIC ATK
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 24 cm

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empbee
Nov 13, 2017

An engrossing continuation of Life After Life. Alternating between present and past the old and new generation both fascinate but for different reasons. The book raises the eternal question of the meaning of life. It left sadness behind.

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singasong70
Mar 11, 2017

A good book, redundant as far as philosophical questions are concerned: God, war, etc., in that no one who wrestles with issues in the book wrestle with where the conscience came from, what does it mean to violate it, not to mention if and/or when they have a soul themselves that'll live on after the body is gone; appreciated Teddy as a character, perspective on the war which informed his actions after the war I thought.

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jr3083
May 17, 2016

This book takes up one of the story threads that Atkinson explored in her earlier book 'Life after Life', but you don't need to have read 'Life after Life' to enjoy this. She tells this story fairly straight although I wasn't keen on the ending. To see my more detailed review, see https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/a-god-in-ruins-by-kate-atkinson/

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yewentan
Apr 22, 2016

I read Life After Life and really enjoyed it. I think this one is really just as good. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read both books and you'll have a great time. By the way, I think you should read Life After Life first and then this one.

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IV27HUjg
Apr 21, 2016

Apparently I need to give this read a second look...the audio version read by Alex Jennings is very good. However, I wasn't that enthralled, but appreciate the manner KA can put herself in other characters so well. I felt so sorry for Sonny & wanted to scream at his problem makers. I've known women like Viotet, her nasty gran & the 'servant' couple - what a perfect pitch on the Norfolk accent of another generation. Still prefer Jackson Brody character.

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cknightkc
Sep 03, 2015

Kate Atkinson is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing demands the reader's attention, as the story is not told in sequential order which does not allow for traditional character development, but she has a unique ability to communicate broad themes (the meaning of life and the tragedy of war) in an intelligent and thought-provoking way. I agree with other reviewers that while reading LIFE AFTER LIFE first is not an absolute necessity, it did enhance A GOD IN RUINS for me.

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toby65
Aug 31, 2015

Brilliant and beautiful. Read "Life after life" first if you can.

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brangwinn
Aug 07, 2015

I didn’t think it could be done….to create a book as good as its predecessor, Life After Life. But Atkinson did it! This time she focuses on Ursula Todd’s brother, Teddy. Although you need not read Ursula’s story first (Life after Life) you may find this story more complete if you have some background. Flashbacks to Teddy’s childhood, his World War II years as a fighter pilot, his marriage and relationships to his child and grandchildren make this book memorable. He leads no different life than many people and the ending scene of his death in a nursing home with his granddaughter by his side brought tears to my eyes. When we think we are ordinary, we just need to reread this book to find out our importance in the world.

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ownedbydoxies
Jul 06, 2015

I have never met a Kate Atkinson book I didn't like and the happy-streak continues. This book is wonderful. The ending is supreme. All-told a great follow-up to Life After Life.

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jazpur
Jul 02, 2015

Delightful and insightful

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booksophie
Jun 01, 2016

“A handful of heartbeats. That was what life was. A heartbeat followed by a heartbeat. A breath followed by a breath. One moment followed by another moment and then there was a last moment. Life was a s fragile as a bird's heartbeat, fleeting as the bluebells in the wood.”

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