I read to escape and to learn. I like science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and adventure stories.
This is a beautiful book that requires a patient reader. I almost gave it up despite the lovely writing but somewhere around page 200 I became fully engaged. The story follows the life of an Englishwoman named Ursula Todd, born in 1910. Her life begins and ends several times before things begin to get interesting. I particularly enjoyed reading about Ursula's wartime experience during the Blitz in London.
While reading, I did find myself thinking about how the smallest decision can change the direction of a life and so I think the author was successful with her experiment. I tend to enjoy books that are somewhat depressing in tone with a hint of underlying hope. I believe that our lives are self determined whether we're aware of our own beliefs or not. It was interesting to read about a character who slowly became (semi) conscious of her own history and how that played out in the story of her life.