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Cloud Atlas (Modern Library)


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ISBN13: 9780812994711
ISBN10: 081299471x
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techeditor, May 7, 2014 (view all comments by techeditor)

For the last couple of years I've heard so much praise for CLOUD ATLAS that I'm ashamed to admit: it didn't impress me. The writing is superb, but Mitchell's stories didn't hook me.

I deserve an A for perserverence. I read every word. One chapter in particular, was a chore.

I used Cliff's-Notes-type writeups to help me understand what others find so desirable in this book. OK, so now I get it. But that doesn't make me like it.
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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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2susmiller, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by 2susmiller)
David Mitchell is my new favorite author!! His ethical stance, ingenious plot devices and unforgettable characters make CLOUD ATLAS superb.
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LuluReads, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by LuluReads)
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book, after hearing recommendations for years. I was spurred to read it before the movie came out earlier this year. Beautiful writing that only gets better as the book goes along leads into a story that is bigger than the sum of its parts. I was immediately lost in the novel whenever I picked the book back up; it took me no time at all to join the story again. Escapist literature in the best possible way!
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Mitchell, David
Modern Library
Literature-A to Z
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8.24 x 5.61 x 1.38 in 1.42 lb

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Product details 528 pages Modern Library - English 9780812994711 Reviews:
"Review" by , “[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.”
"Review" by , “Wildly entertaining...a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”
"Review" by , “Thrilling....One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”
"Review" by , “Grand and elaborate...[Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate.”
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