Cloud atlas.

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Cloud atlas. (Sceptre)

English language

Published by Sceptre.

ISBN:
9780340832370

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4 stars (60 reviews)

From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning writer and one of the featured authors in Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists 2003” issue, comes his highly anticipated third novel, a work of mind-bending imagination and scope.

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; an ambitious journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing the mendicant and violent family of his star author; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’ s dangerous will to power, and where it may …

5 editions

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Cloud Atlas is a fantastic read. A friend of mine hosted a viewing party for the movie, and wouldn’t say anything about for fear of spoiling it! Later I borrowed their copy and enjoyed every minute reading it. The following may be an unpopular opinion, but I slightly prefer the movie ending.

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I can't offer any resounding literary critique of Cloud Atlas--it is too smart for me. I can say that I immensely enjoyed seeing how the six disparate stories were interwoven. I felt a little guilty that my favorite story was the Luisa Rey Mystery, as it turns out not exactly meant to be high brow literature. Now to look up some literary analysis to uncover the meaning behind the book.

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I really enjoyed reading this book and it initially felt like a tour de force along the lines of a modern day Ulysses. However, the narratives kind of lost steam for me towards the end of the novel for some reason. Perhaps I felt like the author was trying too hard to string things all together.

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell is an overwhelming book. It plays upon all your senses, using its interrelated stories to tell a large story of human society and existence that is creative, witty, and engaging on multiple levels.

One of the most challenging aspects of writing a review for this book is to say what it is about. The novel presents six interrelated stories in six different styles (a journal, a series of letters, a pulpy mystery novel, a stream-of-consciousness memoir, testimony of a condemned prisoner, and an oral story). The stories have common elements that are sometimes obvious but sometimes hidden and only become clear as the stories unfold. Each story is a virtuoso performance and read like different creative works all together.

The central theme of the stories (if there is one) is that "human hunger creates civilization, but it also destroys it." It is fascinating to see …

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Reading this after seeing the movie is .. weird. Some segments were used nearly unaltered in the film, and some were extensively adapted to fit the demands of the screen. I tended to enjoy the latter more in this book. Particularly the parts in Neo Seoul and Hawaii. After the brilliant cutting and interplay between story lines in the movie, the simple nesting in the book is a let down. Enjoyed the movie more, and I don't say that often.

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It took a bit to get into this book, mainly because the language of Adam Ewig's journal was a bit hard to get used to, and there didn't seem to be much of a plot going on. Once I got through the first bit, and I enjoyed it a lot more and really started appreciating the "nesting dolls" style of storytelling. I'm a bit unsure of my interpretation of events is what Mitchell intended, but I saw each story as taking place in different worlds, but that they could still very much be in the same. I saw precursors to the hyper-commercialization of Somni's world in Louisa Rey's and Timothy Cavendish's, and I could see Somni's world becoming the post-apocalyptic world of Zachry's.

I really enjoyed this and am glad I read it.

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

I was expecting a bit more of this. While each of the individual stories was really nice, and not too heavy on the morality (although some had more than others), the structure of the book caused me to forget what was happening in the more disconnected sections. If there was some over-arching theme, I think I may have missed it. The birthmark carried by the characters, as well as the fact that the title was dropped into each section at least once did not seem to be enough to tie everything together.

However, with one really heavy handed exception, the stories were well plotted, and exciting to read. More of a action adventure sci-fi book then any master work of postmodern fiction (I don't know where I got the idea that it would be that).

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On reading other reviews, it seems that there were a number of details …

Review of 'Cloud atlas.' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

Cloud Atlas is an ambitious book. It tells six stories spanning what is probably close to four centuries across almost as many continents and vastly differing narrative styles. On top of this, each successive story is contained within the previous one, and you start all six before you finish any of them, and then finish them each in reverse order. It is certainly a complex, intriguing way to tell stories.



But ambition must be matched by achievement, and my four-word review of Cloud Atlas has been "Good, but not great." And that's what it is - it's a good read, and certainly enjoyable. But it aimed for a lot, and I didn't feel like it quite made it there. The six stories were loosely tied together, but they seldom felt unified or really connected, and more often felt like Mitchell realized in the last few pages that he hadn't mentioned …

Review of 'Cloud atlas.' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Cloud Atlas is an ambitious book. It tells six stories spanning what is probably close to four centuries across almost as many continents and vastly differing narrative styles. On top of this, each successive story is contained within the previous one, and you start all six before you finish any of them, and then finish them each in reverse order. It is certainly a complex, intriguing way to tell stories.



But ambition must be matched by achievement, and my four-word review of Cloud Atlas has been "Good, but not great." And that's what it is - it's a good read, and certainly enjoyable. But it aimed for a lot, and I didn't feel like it quite made it there. The six stories were loosely tied together, but they seldom felt unified or really connected, and more often felt like Mitchell realized in the last few pages that he hadn't mentioned …

Review of 'Cloud Atlas' on Goodreads

3 stars

Cloud Atlas is an ambitious book. It tells six stories spanning what is probably close to four centuries across almost as many continents and vastly differing narrative styles. On top of this, each successive story is contained within the previous one, and you start all six before you finish any of them, and then finish them each in reverse order. It is certainly a complex, intriguing way to tell stories.



But ambition must be matched by achievement, and my four-word review of Cloud Atlas has been "Good, but not great." And that's what it is - it's a good read, and certainly enjoyable. But it aimed for a lot, and I didn't feel like it quite made it there. The six stories were loosely tied together, but they seldom felt unified or really connected, and more often felt like Mitchell realized in the last few pages that he hadn't mentioned …

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