Kate Atkinson's novels featuring detective Jackson Brodie (Case Histories, for example) please me more than this one. The interruption of the story for the many Footnotes chapters gets tiresome. However, the last chapter with planet Alzheimer is well done.
I just enjoyed this book so much I didn't want it to end. Ruby drew me in right from the day of her conception up to the farewell to her mother. The various members of her immediate and extended family flit in and out of the narrative, and sometimes I had to think hard to remember who was who, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the ride that this story gave me. Threads tie us all together, and through life's highs and lows, family drama is always going to be with us no matter how much we wish it weren't. Family is family, warts and all.
Incredible humour! This book covered 4 generations of family life and contained every emotion. Absolutely loved the humour. Struggled a bit with following who was who, which generation were we talking about now, and "footnote" to what. I loved the writing, but not the organization of the book.
Read Atkinson in reverse- "Transcription" 1st, then "Life after Life" and "A God in Ruins"- which are 2 of my favourite books ever. Just finished her 1st book "Behind the Scenes..." and can understand how she improved her craft to lead us to the Todd family. Luv to meet her- she's 7 months older than myself, and my mother was born and raised in Yorkshire; becoming, for better or worse, a war bride married to a Canadian soldier.
Set in York, the narrator, born in 1951, tells the story of her family, past and present. It is often funny, and insightful about the relationship between mothers and daughters. Very readable.
I think that she is a great writer but I agree with a previous comment. I got confused in her chapters that switched back and forth in time although I know that is trendy now. She mentions wars but doesn't state which war she is actually writing about. I especially enjoyed the last chapter - it reminded me of my mom.
I'm currently reading a paperback copy of this book (found at the SPL Book Sale) and am almost unable to put it down. This is my first Kate Atkinson, and I'm thrilled to see that she has written more books--can't wait to read those as well!
Kate Atchison is an enormously talented writer. I wasn't disappointed in this book but more confused with the way the story keeps digressing between generations and between past and present, which seems to be one of her trademarks but just a bit more discombobulating than in her other books. Still, it's quite an enjoyable read by a first-rate author.
I loved Ruby Lennox's voice, I thought she captured the essence of childhood very well and later adolescence too. The characters in this family are deeply flawed but enjoyable all the same. The alternating chapters break up the narration (which is sometimes distracting) but it's fun learning all these tidbits and having them factor in the story later. Plus, there's a Doctor Who reference and Doctor Who is made of win!
Could not get interested in this book, I generally like the author but rated other books by her in a higher category.
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