LAL, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by LAL)
I really liked the unique format of this book with nested stories in a pyramid form (1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2,1). Each of the stories from the character's POV was very different and brought something special to the story. Highly recommend this book.
ernsign, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by ernsign)
Difficult reads often yield greater rewards. This is a complex book, it includes six loosely connected stories. Each story takes place in a different era, with different characters, and each is told in a distinct voice and style. Only one story is told without interruption. I considered putting this book down when it seemed to demanding. But having persevered, I am grateful to author David Mitchell for crafting an awe-inspiring, magnificent opus. The characters are incredibly well defined, and the plots are compelling. I will read this book again, and I recommend it to others.
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benedicts4bfast, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by benedicts4bfast)
Cloud Atlas is an inventive delight to read. With it's nesting doll layering of stories it could seem a bit gimmicky to some but it doesn't detract from the marvelous read itself. The variety of writing styles within one book is really impressive and all are executed beautifully - clearly David Mitshell is talented enough to write any genre he desires.
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by The New York Times Book Review,
“[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”
“Wildly entertaining...a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”
by Dave Eggers,
“One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is — and should be — read by any student of contemporary literature.”
by Michael Chabon,
“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.”
by The Washington Post Book World,
“Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”
by Boston Sunday Globe,
“Thrilling....One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”
by Los Angeles Times,
“Grand and elaborate...[Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate.”
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