Life After Life was not all that enjoyable. Distantly graphic (illegal abortions, war carnage, and more seem somehow remote from the reader), the circular storytelling is the point of the whole book, but I didn’t like it. Atkinson writes about the lives of Ursula, an English woman living through the two world wars, who, when she dies, is reborn into an earlier part of her life. Different versions of scenarios are played out, with Ursula constantly struggling to survive amidst war and suffering. The novel dragged on, and there were a good deal of annoying characters, headlined by the main one, Ursula. I understand why it got good reviews- the writing is poetic, the idea interesting, etc- but I wouldn’t recommend.