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 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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Entertaining, engrossing, and beautiful prose. - Goodreads
A pastiche of bad writing is still bad writing). - Goodreads
Intricate, detailed and masterful storytelling. - Goodreads
Fascinating premise. - Goodreads
A hard to read book, but very interesting. - Goodreads
A powerful ending to book that does a whole lot. - Goodreads

Review: Cloud Atlas (Cloud Atlas #1)

User Review  - Oliver Jones - Goodreads

Excellent work by Mitchell, as always. The potpourri of genres and themes that run in the six narratives make for an interesting read (although, admittedly, I did find the first section a little hard ... Read full review

Review: Cloud Atlas (Cloud Atlas #1)

User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

review on leafmarks - pretentiously Clever, no heart, too bleak... 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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