A God in Ruins
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This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction. Those who loved the bestselling Life After Life will recognise Teddy as Ursula Todd’s adored younger brother – but for those who have not read it, A God in Ruins stands fully on its own.
I'm not writing a full review as it is some time since I read the book and it is no longer quite so fresh in my mind. I can say that this is not a plot driven novel, it is a non linear life story, a web of memories and connections. It moves around from past to present, from the drama of Teddy's wartime experience, back to his childhood and on to the banality of his post war life and the difficult relationships with his family. It is beautifully written and the characters well imagined, as I would expect from KA. It has its poignant and its funny moments, vivid recurring imagery and subtle references to other works of literature that deal with humanity's fall from grace and the terrible dilemmas of war.
I didn't enjoy it as much as LIfe After Life, but it is still up there with the best!
I really liked the main character who expects to die flying Hurricane bombers in the 2nd world war and so struggles a little bit to believe he still has a life afterwards. The book gets across the effects that war has on the people who go through it, and the impact on their life afterwards.
My mum posted it to me after she read it. I'll pass it on to other teachers at the school where I work.
I haven't read Life After Life, but would definitely be interested.