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A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson

Reading Life After Life was such an odd and wonderful experience that I was curious about what Kate Atkinson would do in the companion novel, A God in Ruins. Rather than a post-structuralist and philosophical fictional biography, Atkinson gives us a meandering bildungsroman in A God in Ruins. It’s distinctly achronological. The narrative drifts from Teddy Todd’s childhood to his senior years, from his war years to his life as a not-very-good nature writer. There are frequent asides as the omniscient narrator tells us what happens to various characters in later years. While A God in Ruins is not a sequel to Life After Life, I kept looking for hints about Ursula, wondering if Teddy’s life had other versions we weren’t seeing...


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