Category Archives: Kate Atkinson

Final Thoughts on Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins

This novel is hard to review without including “spoilers” – and there is no doubt that anticipation of the ending is a significant part of the experience of reading this novel. If you do not want to read a direct … Continue reading

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Some Brief Inarticulate Gasps About A God in Ruins

I finished it this evening – and yes, it’s fantastic. Kate Atkinson seems to be a bit of a vulture-like novelist, in that she circles, circles, circles, and then swoops (this comparison gets more interesting when you know that the … Continue reading

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A Rhyme for Purple (And Other Charmingly Digressive Thoughts on Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins)

Let me tell you a little bit about A God in Ruins. Its protagonist is Teddy Todd, and the narrative swoops around, diving at will into various moments in Teddy’s life. We know his parents are Hugh and Sylvie and … Continue reading

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Early Thoughts on Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins

There’s some insomnia going on here at Casa Purgatory, and since it’s almost midnight I thought I would be productive and get Sunday’s blog post out of the way. It will be a short one, because I’ve only read 71 … Continue reading

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A Review of Kate Atkinson’s Human Croquet (by Bethany)

Note: This review deals candidly with the ending of the novel. If you want to avoid “spoilers,” you should avoid reading the second half of this review. After a very slow start, I did end up enjoying parts of Human … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life  

So, the answer to my big question from my last post, “Does Ursula Todd know that she’s living her life over and over again?” has been answered.  And the answer is….  I’m not going to tell you.  Read the book … Continue reading

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Update on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (by Jill)

  I have been making steady forward progress on Life After Life since I last posted on Saturday, and only have about a hundred and fifty pages to go (out of five hundred and something).  I’ve been enjoying it quite … Continue reading

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