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Book 85: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Book 85: A God in Ruins. Author: Kate Atkinson, 2015. Genre: Period Fiction. War. Family Saga. Other Details: Hardback. 395 pages. Unabridged Audiobook (16 hrs, 29 mins) Read by Alex Jennings. 'A God in Ruins' relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – 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. - synopsis from author's website. This novel is described as a companion piece rather than a sequel to her first novel about the Todd family, Life After Life (2014 Book 180). As such it can be read on its own though Life After Life is such a brilliant novel I would recommend both without reservation. It is a novel I would recommend reading 'cold' without reading reviews in order to get the full impact. It is beautifully written and rich in symbolism. It is a very different novel to its companion even though sharing characters and some events. It is not told in a linear style and moves around in the time line of Teddy's life. Atkinson has done a great deal of research into the WWII bombing raids, the planes and their crews and there is an extensive list of sources. This was an amazing novel that left me stunned and deeply impressed.
Tags: family saga, period fiction (20th century), war
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