Cloud Atlas

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Knopf Canada, 2004 - Fate and fatalism - 528 pages
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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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Entertaining, engrossing, and beautiful prose. - Goodreads
A pastiche of bad writing is still bad writing). - Goodreads
Intricate, detailed and masterful storytelling. - Goodreads
Some of the writing is difficult to read. - Goodreads
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A powerful ending to book that does a whole lot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Big Shell - Goodreads

Brilliant, especially in term of transitioning between styles. At least one of the six stories were unreadable to me precisely because of the way Mitchell really thought about the evolution of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Allan - Goodreads

Just read the part of when Cavendish is admitted into a nursing home. But it isnt a home, no. Home is a place you want to be, a place you love and is nurturing (which when people say "a broken home ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

David Mitchell is one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2003. His first novel, Ghostwritten, won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and his second, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Herefordshire, England.

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