By Kate Atkinson
From the unique (hardback) ISBN: 9780316176538
In Life After Life Ursula Todd lived in the course of the turbulent occasions of the final century time and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her specialise in Ursula’s cherished more youthful brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and development of the 20 th century. For all Teddy endures in conflict, his maximum problem can be to stand dwelling in a destiny he by no means anticipated to have.
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Extra info for A God in Ruins (Todd Series, Book 2)
JG, ‘Wilhelm von Schütz als Dramatiker. D. , Ruprecht-Karls university, Heidelberg, . Diary, Jan , : ‘I tell [Anka] of the terrible pain I felt at our separation when ... [Mumme] was so lousy to me and turned up with a lawyer... /. . : ‘A Wandering Scholar, I’ J OSEPH Goebbels cherished that Doctor’s title. ’ But for the next four years he remained perforce a nihilist doing nothing. To the quiet despair of his parents he squandered the pittance that he did earn from his meagre writings or tutoring.
Still poised on an awkward threshold between God and profanity, he recalled four years later his mental turmoil, his yearning for God, his crushing poverty, and Anka’s inability to help. Again he pawned his watch and set off, alone, for home. D. degree; he chose Heidelberg to make the attempt. That Christmas he found himself alone in Munich, prevented by the Allied occupation authorities from joining his family at Rheydt for the festivities. He stayed in the Bavarian capital, as Wagner’s ‘Ring’ cycle was to be performed at the National Theatre; he found himself strolling through the cobbled, snowswept streets on Christmas eve, entirely deserted save for a police constable wrapped to the ears against the cold.
As the Freiburg term ends he dreams of moving to Munich, but the lack of lodgings there thwarts him and he returns home. During the summer vacation he exchanges scores of letters with Anka, sometimes twice a day. His letters to her reveal a young man still physically frail and lonely; they suggest that he has elected to enter the Church. Romancing Anka occupies every other waking hour. His catchword is wahnsinnig—crazy: that is what he is, he confesses, about her. He scrawls that word in the corner of letters, or leaves it unfinished just as waaa—.
A God in Ruins (Todd Series, Book 2) by Kate Atkinson