A God in Ruins (Todd Family, #2) by Kate AtkinsonIn Life After Life Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. 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.
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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson review – her finest work
In recent years, a number of talented novelists have experienced a sudden and alarming loss of faith in their chosen literary form. David Shields thinks most novels are boring and disconnected from reality. This distaste for the clunky machinery of traditional narrative fiction has spread quickly. They read more like memoirs, or a series of lightly fictionalized journal entries, recounting the mundane lives and off-kilter ruminations of their first-person narrators, who are either postgraduate students or blocked writers. Maybe the most we can hope for on the page is a pinpoint focus on the writer in front of us, the adventures of a single consciousness at play. It deploys the whole realist bag of tricks, and none of it feels fake or embarrassing.
A God in Ruins , the ninth novel by Kate Atkinson , was published in Atkinson calls it the "companion piece" rather than a sequel to the earlier novel. The first book spans half a century, including World War II; the second is set entirely within it. Events in his life are not revealed in chronological order. The book opens with a brief glimpse of him as a bomber pilot in World War II, then goes on to events in his childhood and the lives of his child and grandchildren, at times juxtaposing his memories with events in the lives of his family members.
May 9, But then you read a novel like Kate Atkinson's “A God in Ruins,” a sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga that tells the story of postwar.
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