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An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist, David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks (Random House), crackles with invention and wit. A vast, intricate story that weaves six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s, The Bone Clocks is about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and the small group of vigilantes who try to take them down. Fluently mixing the supernatural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and heartbreaking realism, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together.

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Against the hyperkinetic backdrop of twenty-first-century Tokyo, Eiji Miyake searches for the father who abandoned him. Dreams and fantasy, fact and fiction merge in a complex narrative that rewards the ambitious reader. David Mitchell continues to prove himself a novelist of considerable gifts.
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Number9Dream is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy — an intoxicating ride through Tokyo's dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.

David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, Number9Dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister's death and his mother's breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses — through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck — a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father's identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

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"An absorbing coming-of-age tale, this Booker Prize finalist will be appreciated by adult readers and some teens willing to invest time and effort in unraveling the rich complexities of the novel's language and imagery." KLIATT

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"Booker nominee Mitchell offers fans of Kafka, Pynchon, and DeLillo state-of-the-art dreams of a Tokyo landscape that could have come straight out of a video game. A demented, maddeningly playful, important book." Kirkus Reviews

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"A novel as accomplished as anything being written." Newsday

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"Mitchell's pyrotechnics are never less than interesting, but they are often less than satisfying; giddy with the fantastical possibilities of his narrative, he sometimes forgets his responsibility to his readers." New Yorker

Review:

"Flexing his considerable stylistic muscle, he plays with form while hewing true to a tightly plotted tale that pulls you along, wondering where it will all end — that, and what all the Beatles references mean. This is a terrific book." Booklist

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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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From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

Number9Dream is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.

David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, Number9Dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

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About the Author

David Mitchell is thirty-three years old and lives in Hiroshima. He is the author of the novel Ghostwritten.

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jminja, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jminja)
Hard to put down!
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Erin Miller, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Erin Miller)
Fantastic novel--the literary version of an Ornette Coleman riff. Mitchell takes the tried-and-true coming of age novel and spins it in an entirely new direction. And now I want to go to Tokyo.
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gooser114, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by gooser114)
The main character, Eiji, is searching for his mysterious father whom he has never known. Through his quest Eiji encounters obstacles from every angle including the Yakuza. Eiji's journey takes him from his rural home to a large city. This is a coming of age and fish out of water story. This book is a wonderfully imaginative modern quest through Japan. I really enjoy Mitchell's writing style and this book made me want to visit Japan.
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ISBN:
9780812966923
Author:
Mitchell, David
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
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Fathers and sons
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Young men
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Tokyo
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Bildungsroman.
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Birthfathers
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Children of prostitutes
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Bildungsromans
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2001-10
Publication Date:
20030231
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English
Pages:
416
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8 x 5.17 x .83 in .66 lb

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Product details 416 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812966923 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Against the hyperkinetic backdrop of twenty-first-century Tokyo, Eiji Miyake searches for the father who abandoned him. Dreams and fantasy, fact and fiction merge in a complex narrative that rewards the ambitious reader. David Mitchell continues to prove himself a novelist of considerable gifts.

"Review" by , "An absorbing coming-of-age tale, this Booker Prize finalist will be appreciated by adult readers and some teens willing to invest time and effort in unraveling the rich complexities of the novel's language and imagery."
"Review" by , "Booker nominee Mitchell offers fans of Kafka, Pynchon, and DeLillo state-of-the-art dreams of a Tokyo landscape that could have come straight out of a video game. A demented, maddeningly playful, important book."
"Review" by , "A novel as accomplished as anything being written."
"Review" by , "Mitchell's pyrotechnics are never less than interesting, but they are often less than satisfying; giddy with the fantastical possibilities of his narrative, he sometimes forgets his responsibility to his readers."
"Review" by , "Flexing his considerable stylistic muscle, he plays with form while hewing true to a tightly plotted tale that pulls you along, wondering where it will all end — that, and what all the Beatles references mean. This is a terrific book."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

Number9Dream is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.

David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, Number9Dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

From the Hardcover edition.

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