Ghostwritten

448 pages

English language

Published Oct. 9, 2001 by Vintage.

ISBN:
978-0-375-72450-3
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4 stars (35 reviews)

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Review of 'Ghostwritten' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Another winner from Mitchell. I have read most of his other works, so came late to this debut. It has his trademark style of nested stories, which he later perfected in books such as Cloud Atlas. I did sense that this book started as a collection of short stories that he then strung together in a novel. He is so bursting with ideas perhaps this form suits him best. But perhaps I am just too thick to understand the connection that links all the stories together. Not that it matters, as the book is a great read, with some stories (such as the Mountain Tea Shack) that are evocative, moving and immersive. What more could one want from a novel?

The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is to distinguish it from Mitchell’s other great books. I therefore use separate calibrated scale for Mitchell. His 4 …

Review of 'Ghostwritten' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It's hard to believe this is anybody's first novel. A group of stories with seemingly wildly different characters locations and plots, but all linked by a gradually developing theme. The stories also have scattered, sometimes humorous, references to each other that are reminiscent of the way that cinema shots are linked. A brilliant, puzzle-like creation; perhaps better than his similar later Cloud Atlas. Also includes a Murikami-like segment a la number9dream. The only thing that keeps it from 5 stars for me is that the author's interest in fate/chance/the connection of events doesn't interest me as much as it does him.

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