A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

by Kate Atkinson

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ISBN-13: 9780316176507
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 100,983
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kate Atkinson is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News?, Started Early, Took My Dog, and Life After Life. She lives in Edinburgh.

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A God in Ruins 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anne36 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.  I went right back and re-read it after I finished it the first time.   Her books are all so different.  The Jackson Brodie books are among my favorites.  In fact, I named my dog after the Jackson Brodie character.  Then I read Life  After Life and now A God in Ruins.  You have to go into both of these books with an open mind.... not your normal everyday fiction.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
A God in Ruins is a book of the Todd Family by award-winning British author, Kate Atkinson. Teddy Todd: younger brother of Ursula, favourite son of Sylvie, model for his Aunt Izzie’s best-selling books, the young man whose life was cut short when he was shot down over Germany in 1944. Or not. During that dreadful war, Teddy never thought about the future: as a bomber pilot flying missions over Germany, he didn’t expect to have one. When he came home as an ex-POW in 1945, a hero, he suddenly, quite unexpectedly, did have a future in front of him. A career (not in his father’s bank, please!), a wife, fatherhood, grandchildren: all were ahead of him in the latter half of the twentieth century. Teddy’s war experience plays a large part in the novel, as it does in his life. But Teddy is not the only narrator of his tale: his parents, his siblings, his spouse, his child and his grandchildren all add to the story of Teddy’s unexpected life from their own perspective. Once again Atkinson gives the reader a set of wholly believable characters, flawed but nonetheless appealing, and their reactions to the challenges life throws at them are natural and credible. And perhaps even the nasty ones have their reasons. There is plenty of humour to counter the lump-in-the-throat moments, and the irony of Ursula’s opinion on reincarnation is quite delicious. And again, Atkinson’s extensive research is apparent in every chapter. A God in Ruins is a companion volume to Atkinson’s earlier Todd Family book and, while it is not necessary to have read Life After Life before reading A God in Ruins, there are so many common characters, events and objects that the reader who has done so will be delighted to once again encounter old friends. Another brilliant Atkinson novel! Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a bit lengthy but good overall
BookLover1010 More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 2 stars because I realize a lot of time and research went into it. There were some great parts of the book as well. However, this has to be the most A.D.D. book I have ever read. I am all for a book that jumps back and forth between past and present, but this book time jumped and story jumped from paragraph to paragraph. It was a bit much. It's like the author had all of these stories and plot points written on tiny pieces of paper, then threw them all up in the air, picked them up randomly off the floor and put the book together. It was very difficult to get through. The first book was better than this one. At least it had some structure to the way it was written. Disappointed.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Great story and witty prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book, as I did Life After Life. Her words, just like the perfect steak, you just want to chew and enjoy evey last bite....till it is gone, and you are full, but so sad that it is over. Maybe more like sex, than steak!
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Best book ever !!!!!
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Interesting and fun to read
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I like a god in ruin it was cool.
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