At the risk of repeating ourselves, “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson (#4 on Amazon’s Top 100 fiction titles in 2013) is contrived and false and “Life After Life” is false and contrived.
If you liked reading that crappy sentence, you’ll like reading “Life After Life”.
“Life After Life” repeats itself over and over again. And again. The main character is born, he dies, he's born again, he dies, he's born again, he dies, he's born again, he dies.
If you liked that plot synopsis, you’ll like “Life After Life”.
Is Kate Atkinson a good writer? Certainly. But Kate may be just a little bit lazy, what with her reliance on endless repetition of action and theme. Why, if a filmmaker were ever to produce a film that relies on the same contrivance as “Life After Life”, s/he would be….
Huh? What’s that you say? They probably WILL make a successful movie version of “Life After Life”? They might call it “Groundhog Day 2" and "Groundhog Day Two"?
Well, if that happens, we’ll have to ask our old pal, Bill Murray, to get the dynamite out of storage and blow that annoying little rodent clear up into the sky.