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Life After Life

Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2013

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WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
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"Kate Atkinson's new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends." Hilary Mantel
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Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for the Women's (formerly Orange) Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award, and won the 2013 Costa Novel Award. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.
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"Kate Atkinson's new novel is a box of delights. Ingenious in construction, indefatigably entertaining, it grips the reader's imagination on the first page and never lets go. If you wish to be moved and astonished, read it. And if you want to give a dazzling present, buy it for your friends." Hilary Mantel "There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: it's ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I'VE READ THIS CENTURY." -- Gillian Flynn,no1 New York Times author of Gone Girl, and Sharp Objects "Truly brilliant...Think of Audrey Niffenegger's The TimeTraveler's Wife or David Nicholl's One Day...[or] Martin Amis's Times Arrow, his rewinding of the Holocaust that was shortlisted for the Booker. Life After Life should have the popular success of the former and deserves to win prizes, too. It has that kind of thrill to it, of an already much-loved novelist taking a leap, and breaking through to the next level...This is a rare book that you want, Ursula-like, to start again the minute you have finished." -- Helen Rumbelow The Times "Her very best...a big book that defies logic, chronology and even history in ways that underscore its author's fully untethered imagination...exceptionally captivating." -- Janet Maslin New York Times "Electric..very special indeed...extraordinary...tangible and vivid...The paths are endless, but each so affecting that we long to keep this character alive and moving forward." Australian Women's Weekly
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 624
Erscheinungsdatum 01.02.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-552-77968-5
Reihe Black Swan
Verlag Transworld Publ. Ltd UK
Maße (L/B/H) 178/111/43 mm
Gewicht 317
Verkaufsrang 3.489
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Im Winter des Jahres 1910 stirbt ein Baby bei der Geburt. Als zweite Variante überlebt das gleiche Baby seine Geburt. Es zeigt sich bald, dass das komplette Leben aus Optionen, aus Lebensvarianten besteht. Kate Atkinsons Buch „Life after Life“ hat mir gefallen. Die Autorin schafft es, das Leben von... Im Winter des Jahres 1910 stirbt ein Baby bei der Geburt. Als zweite Variante überlebt das gleiche Baby seine Geburt. Es zeigt sich bald, dass das komplette Leben aus Optionen, aus Lebensvarianten besteht. Kate Atkinsons Buch „Life after Life“ hat mir gefallen. Die Autorin schafft es, das Leben von Ursula in Varianten zu schildern obwohl ich darauf hinweisen möchte, dass es mich zum Teil verwirrt hat, verstorbene Personen in Folgekapiteln lebendig zu erleben. Was der Autorin sehr gut gelang war die Beschreibung der Gefühle Beteiligter während der deutschen Luftangriffe auf London. Die Idee, ein Buch so zu schreiben, dass immer wieder Lebensvarianten entstehen, ist gelungen. Man sollte bei diesem Buch nicht die üblichen Maßstäbe anlegen. Dass Ursula auf Hitler schießt wirkt auf mich wie eine übertriebene Variante. Ich habe es nicht bereut, „Life after Life“ gelesen zu haben.

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