Life After Life – Book Review
I picked it up and read on the back…
“What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?”
Oh no, I thought, Groundhog Day on a grander scale. How very wrong I was.
Ursula Todd is born on a snowy night in 1910…
The first time she dies, the second time she is saved by chance and circumstance; those chances and circumstances follow her through all manner of lives, and you get to discover them all.
It’s hard to explain, it’s not a parallel set of world, Ursula is the same person, as is her family around her, but tiny things, small decisions inconsequentially made have much larger ramifications, and what follows is the story in all its detail until it runs its course and you pick up again where those paths diverged.
Life After Life may be complicated to the casual reader, there’s so much to it but each and every time the chapter starts again you’re drawn in to the story anew.
I’ve never been a fan of ‘what if’ but it’s done so beautifully here you get to discover a whole realm of possibilities from the safety of the armchair.
Life after Life is clever and it may not be for everyone, however if you have a fine sense of the curious, I think you’ll enjoy it.
Book Review by Jacq Ellem