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A God in Ruins: A Novel
A God in Ruins A Novel
Author: Kate Atkinson
The stunning companion to Kate Atkinson's #1 bestseller Life After Life, "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn). — "He had been reconciled to death during the war and then suddenly the war was over and there was a next day and a next day. Part of him never adjusted to having a future." — Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316347693
ISBN-10: 0316347698
Publication Date: 5/12/2015
Pages: 656
Edition: Lrg
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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
My first read by this author left me puzzled. The concept of alternate lives is explored. It was long, dragged in spots and I sometimes wondered why I was reading it. I did like the key character, Teddy, and his grandchildren, Bertie and Sonny. The author details his life before, during and after the war in which he flew fighting aircraft for Britain. At the end she briefly outlines what would have been had he not survived. Or, did he?

Have read alternate histories that were more interesting for me but fans of this author will probably enjoy this novel. She explores the horror of war and how it affects one particular family. She nudges the reader to think about many aspects of war, death and life.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed both A God in Ruins and Life After Life.

Amazon notes that this is a "companion" book to Life After Life - and it's really true. I strongly recommend that you read Life After Life before reading A God in Ruins. The main characters, the family, the setting - everything is introduced in Life After Life.
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