tantan, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by tantan)
I loved the style and set-up of this book. The divisions in the narratives helped me to spot the connections between the stories. I won't pretend that I caught all that I could have from this book, but that makes it all the better suited for a re-read. The closing lines were ones that will stay with me for a long time.
cloudstream, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by cloudstream)
This was my first encounter with corpocracy. At the time, I only had a vague idea what David Mitchell was talking about. Now, with the unfolding of for-profit wars and bank bailouts, I see how perceptive--nearly prescient-- he was.
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K80, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by K80)
This book totally blew me away. Its subject matter was quite intellectual, but the way he writes draws you completely into the stories. I loved that the meaning of the whole book really unfolded itself at the end.
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While it was hard to narrow down my list to just five "best of" picks, I didn't have to think twice about what would be my favorite book of the year. In Cloud Atlas Mitchell again uses the format of connecting short stories with recurring motifs into a larger, almost epic narrative that spans the globe and centuries of human history. Filled with wonderful characters, effortless shifts in style, and more imagination than you can shake a stick at, Cloud Atlas will be a tough book for its author to top. Personally, I cannot wait to see him try.
For readers who enjoy good stories wrapped around an inventive structure. Each tale is obliquely connected to another moving forward through time. And each has a totally different voice and style.
by Michal D.,
If you haven't read David Mitchell's previous novels, let Cloud Atlas be your introduction to his incredible imagination. Here six convincing and wonderfully realized worlds, filled with surprise and originality, loosely intermingle. Each story, inhabited with equally compelling characters, proves the genius of this amazingly gifted writer.
by Michal D.
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by Laura Miller, Salon.com,
"David Mitchell is a spookily protean writer. His favored technique — he used it in his first novel, Ghostwritten — is to build a long narrative out of shorter ones, stories told in vastly different voices and styles, then cinch the whole patchwork together with some supernal device that reveals their underlying connections. In Ghostwritten, he couldn't manage to pull off that final, unifying gesture, but his third novel, Cloud Atlas, is far more convincing, a genuine and thoroughly entertaining literary puzzle." (read the entire Salon.com review)
by Publishers Weekly,
"Atmospheric and moving, this is an impressively assured debut."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Great Britain's answer to Thomas Pynchon outdoes himself...maddeningly intricate, improbably entertaining....[O]ne of the most imaginative and rewarding novels in recent memory....Sheer storytelling brilliance."
by Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,
"The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet — not just dazzling, amusing or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I've never read anything quite like it, and I'm grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds, which are all one world, which is, in turn, enchanted by Mitchell's spell-caster prose, our own."
by Tin House magazine,
"A boomeranging historical novel moving from the Age of Discover to post-apocalyptic Hawaii with stops on the way in China Syndrome-era California and dystopian capitalist Korea. An amazing performance of ventriloquism and brains."
by Justine Jordan, The Guardian (U.K.),
"[A] remarkable book....It knits together science fiction, political thriller and historical pastiche with musical virtuosity and linguistic exuberance: there won't be a bigger, bolder novel next year."
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