Cloud Atlas

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Random House LLC, Jul 16, 2010 - Fiction
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From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning writer and one of the featured authors in Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists 2003” issue, comes his highly anticipated third novel, a work of mind-bending imagination and scope.

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’ s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.


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Amazing book, so many layers and great imagery. - LibraryThing
David Mitchell is an amazing writer. - LibraryThing
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The whole premise of this book is really creative, and I really liked that whole part of it, but it didn't grip me at all. In fact at some points I had to force myself to read it because I have other ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Garvin - Goodreads

Cloud Atlas is a mental exercise. Reading comprehension is made difficult by a combination of abrupt changes in genre and language, as well as the employ of unreliable narrators. As a result, the ... Read full review

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David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.


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