Cloud Atlas: A Novel

By | October 30, 2017
Cloud Atlas: A Novel Author David Mitchell
ISBN-10 0375507256
ISBN-13 9780375507250
Year 2004-08-17
Pages 528
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeA postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty first century fiction David Mitchell combines flat out adventure a Nabokovian love of puzzles a keen eye for character and a taste for mind bending philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco Haruki Murakami and Philip K Dick The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful In this groundbreaking novel an influential favorite among a new generation of writers Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California Along the way Ewing is befriended by a physician Dr Goose who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite Abruptly the action jumps to Belgium in 1931 where Robert Frobisher a disinherited bisexual composer contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life And onward with dazzling virtuosity to an inglorious present day England to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok and finally to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history But the story doesnt end even there The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space returning by the same route in reverse to its starting point Along the way Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect how their fates intertwine and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky As wild as a videogame as mysterious as a Zen koan Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that like its incomparable author has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon Praise forCloud Atlas 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 novels every page The New York Times Book Review One of those how the holy hell did he do it modern classics that no doubt isand should beread by any student of contemporary literature Dave Eggers Wildly entertaining a head rush both action packed and chillingly ruminative People The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes a puzzle book and yetnot just dazzling amusing or clever but heartbreaking and passionate too Ive never read anything quite like it and Im grateful to have lived for a while in all its many worlds Michael Chabon Cloud Atlasought to make Mitchell famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent The Washington Post Book World Thrilling One of the biggest joys inCloud Atlasis watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step Boston Sunday Globe Grand and elaborate Mitchell creates a world and language at once foreign and strange yet strikingly familiar and intimate Los Angeles TimesFrom the Hardcover edition

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