Cloud Atlas

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Knopf Canada, 2004 - Fate and fatalism - 509 pages
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From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning writer and one of the featured authors inGranta’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 ofCloud Atlashear 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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User Review  - R.E.Stearns - LibraryThing

Despite what you might think after page one, this is not a light-hearted adventure story. It's definitely an adventure, though, and I went out of my way to avoid spoilers as I went into it. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

Ooooohhhh.... David. What were you thinking when you composed this one? Thought you would go "big" and try and capture all of humanities misgivings - and provide a harbinger message for the future in ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Bone Clocks, 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 translated from the Japanese the internationally bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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