In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’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 will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.
A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
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By Tricia on 25-07-15
Even Better than Life After Life
Kate Atkinson just gets better and better!
I've enjoyed all her books but in 'Life After Life' and 'A God in Ruins' she has reached a different level. Teddy's extraordinary wartime experiences in Bomber Command contrast so effectively with the everyday detail of his relationships with his wife, his awful daughter Viola, his grandchildren, his mother and also, of course, Ursula.
I was blown away by the ending and now, weeks after listening to it read so well by Alex Jennings, it is still in my mind. I don't often read or listen to books more than once but this book will be an exception! Do read 'Life after Life' first though.
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By T on 10-05-15
Remarkable Companion to "Life After Life"
This is a companion novel to the wonderful Life After Life, this time following the long life of Ursula’s brother Teddy. Where Ursula’s life (or lives?) was moulded by the Blitz, Teddy’s is by his time as a Halifax pilot through the Strategic Bombing campaign. The two novels share characters but can be enjoyed separately – and I loved both. The Kate Atkinson with and humour is there, though perhaps even darker than usual and particularly with the repellent Viola. But even this character won some sympathy from me because of the richness of Atkinson’s writing. Death appears in many guises, often with the random violence of war and some sequences reminded me of the intensity of Len Deighton’s “Bomber,” though Atkinson cites other sources helping her with her vivid portraits of the terrors of air warfare. The narration is good and the book itself so good that I will look forward to a second listen before too long.
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By Tiffany on 30-08-15
I wasn't expecting that!
I liked the depth with which characters were drawn and explored. I also found the insights in to the bombing raids, to be fascinating. The story travelled between time frames seamlessly. The twist at the end took my breath away; it had me almost crying...
The voice of the narrator was very enjoyable and his mastery of accents is wonderful. However his actual narration, aside from dialogue, was a bit monotonous at times.
By Annette Larke on 07-07-15
Just loved it - and enjoy re-reading it. Good story - Rich and interesting characters. Must re-read Life after Life which I read some time ago.