- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1224 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149374500X
- Publisher: Big Bare Books (10 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EH99GFU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #636,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is what happens to the book's main character, Hugh. Now, if it happened to you, you'd have a perfect life wouldn't you? You'd be so much wiser.
Actually no, you'd probably go off and commit a whole set of new mistakes and that is precisely what Hugh does - sometimes to devastating effect.
I loved this book. I really cared what happened next and Hugh was flawed but likeable as the main character so that resonated well too. I don't know Geoff's work but I'll be looking out for it in the future. This is the kind of book I will almost certainly read again - and I don't do that very often these days!
North is a talented storyteller with a style that flows gracefully. Such a refreshing change from some of the literary equivalents of broken glass that North America has dished up recently. And he knows when to stop; no overwritten roller coaster sentences here to trip you up. No language that requires the latest edition of The Dictionary of Obscure Street Slang to understand the meaning.
Without giving the game away, the story is about a fed up under achiever who meets a sticky end but is given the chance to live his life again. The return to the 1970s is so well executed that I was actually living it again and I suspect that North was too. This is too real to be entirely fictional. There were moments when my schmalz radar started to ping, but North pulls back just in time to prevent the romance taking over.
We have seen the arrival of an intelligent new writer and I look forward to his next offering. But for now, I'm going to live it again and read it once more in one sitting.
First off I should fess up right off the bat that the author, Geoff North, is a good friend of mine. That doesn't guarantee him a good review though, as I'm often harsher on my friends than I would be on everyone else (they eventually forgive me for it). Thankfully I don't need to get my claws out with this one, because Live it Again is one heck of a book.
Actually if I'm honest it was a bit too captivating. I'd planned to make cupcakes last night and thought I could dip in and out of Live it Again whilst whisking my mixture and piping my icing. Ah... the best laid plans... The cupcakes did not come to fruition. I curled up on my chair and read the whole thing in one swift sitting, and damn I'm glad I did.
Live it Again tells the story of Hugh Nance, a man embittered by his life, his lost opportunities and his lack of success. One night his life changes drastically and he is given the chance to live it all again--and he does, literally, from the age of ten years old.
Just imagine that for a moment. Being back in your ten year old form with all the memories you have now. What a fab idea... or so you'd think. Trouble is it's not all new opportunities, chances to make amends etc, because for Hugh to meet up with his family again, as in meet his wife and have their children, Hugh is constrained by what he can and can't change. He has to steer a difficult course through his 'second life' and Mr. North charts that course with some beautiful writing.
Imagine knowing when your parents are going to die, when your friends might meet an untimely end, or the things you hold most precious might be taken from you. Mr. North addresses all of this and more than once I felt tears rising behind my eyes. The relationship with his wife is thoughtfully done, and one moment in the book made me pause in delight. The first time Hugh sees her again since he was 'reborn'. It was quite captivating.
By the last chapter I was sobbing quite freely. Everything is brought together in such a way that you don't expect it at all, a tricky thing for any author to pull off--but Mr. North manages it. I'm gushing I know, and certainly, I don't want you to think it was all chocolate and bunnies. There were a few issues with this book that made me frown.
I was not at all keen on the whole diary entry device as a way to pull the plot onwards. I felt this was a little lazy and Mr. North could have made the book even better by including these moments in the actual plot. I'd like to have seen more of the relationship with his wife and children and more about his feelings with his new life.
Nevertheless I will forgive Mr. North these things. The bad is far outweighed by the good. It's four stars for this one and I'm looking forward to reading more from this new author.
Only managed to finish it by speed reading and skimming overly long descriptive passages. Difficult to get excited about being transported back to a time when you can buy pristine copies of Superman comics.
One of the characters says the hero has become boring and goody two shoes - which just about sums up a story about somebody who's trying to live a better life second time around - boring.
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