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☆ Cloud Atlas ✓ David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas, Cloud Atlas Everything is connectedA postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles and genres David Mitchell combines flat out adventure a Nabokovian love of puzzles a keen eye for character and a taste

  • Title: Cloud Atlas
  • Author: David Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780812984415
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback

☆ Cloud Atlas ✓ David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas Everything is connectedA postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles and genres 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 Haruki Murakami Umberto Eco and Philip K Dick The result is brilliantly original fiction thaEverything is c ☆ Cloud Atlas ✓ David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas, Cloud Atlas Everything is connectedA postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles and genres David Mitchell combines flat out adventure a Nabokovian love of puzzles a keen eye for character and a taste

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About "David Mitchell"

  1. David Mitchell

    David Mitchell was born in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated at the University of Kent, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A in Comparative Literature He lived for a year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Ireland with his wife Keiko and their two children In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but until I came to Japan to live in 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much about it I would probably have become a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I d spent the last 6 years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, on an oil rig or in the circus This is my answer to myself Mitchell s first novel, Ghostwritten 1999 , moves around the globe, from Okinawa to Mongolia to pre Millennial New York City, as nine narrators tell stories that interlock and intersect The novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best work of British literature written by an author under 35 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award His two subsequent novels, number9dream 2001 and Cloud Atlas 2004 , were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta s Best of Young British Novelists In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time Magazine s 100 Most Influential People in The World Mitchell s American editor at Random House is novelist David Ebershoff.

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  1. This book proves David Mitchell can be any writer he chooses The six novellas that comprise Cloud Atlas are forgeries and they are original Each adopts the voice of a distinct author The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but all of the parts are superb It is a sextet, like the one found within the novel, with piano, clarinet, cello, flute, oboe, and violin every individual instrument pleasing, but when played altogether becomes something different and brilliant the Cloud Atlas Sextet.E [...]


  2. Dear David Mitchell,I ve been trying to figure out the nicest possible way to tell you what I m about to tell you I sort of feel like I ve failed you as a reader, but I just couldn t suspend my critical mind for long enough to enjoy your book how I envied my uncritical sisters I hate it when my own words come back to bite me in the ass, don t you Don t take it personally though I m the girl who didn t like The Matrix I know, right How could anyone dislike The Matrix All of the neat o keen o spec [...]


  3. On re reading in 2012I admit, the surpringsingly and terrifyingly not awful trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of this book sent me plunging back into its hexapalindromic universe to re solidify my own mental renditions of Frobisher s bicycle, Sonmi s soap packs, and Lousia s imaginary California, among other things I emerge even impressed with Mitchell s mimetic acrobatics, the book s deft allusive integument Is not ascent their sole salvation p 512 , the acrimonious satire if consumers [...]


  4. Several short stories, that on their own are relatively weak The author has linked them together tenuously with some mistakenly profound pseudo religious nonsense and a tattoo An interesting idea, let down by the poor quality of the writing Pretentious twaddle of the highest order This book seems to be one of those hoaxes to call out hack reviewers I m slightly puzzled by the fact that Mitchell hasn t come forward yet six years after publication.He hits all the usual clich s that are the hallmar [...]


  5. All autumn, with the release date of movie adaptation of Cloud Atlas fast approaching, interest in the novel among my friends has been high I have not seen many subdued reactions Fans of Mitchell discuss his ability adeptly to assume so many different voices and styles, the intricacy of the novel s structure, and the relevance of its themes for today Detractors have dismissed Cloud Atlas as gimmicky, a work by a much hyped writer who is showing off his style but neglecting to anchor it in themes [...]


  6. okay i have actually written a review for this book, all you early bird voters feel free to take back your picture votes if you hate my words and by feel free, i mean don t you dare why have i never read this book before observe do you see how it is wedged into a teetering, lode bearing stack of books removing it was a tricky business, indeed, but i succeeded, and i am finally reading it so thank you for badgering me about it, internet, because so far, i am really enjoying it REVIEW the other da [...]


  7. At the Museum of Science in Boston, there is an exhibit just outside the doors of the Planetarium that demonstrates through a series of adjacent panels the scale of the Earth in relation to the universe at large The first panel shows the Earth s location in the Solar System as a microscopic dot, mind you , which is followed by a second panel showing the Solar System s location in the Milky Way also microscopic The third panel is of the galaxy s location in its Supercluster or whateverthefuck it [...]


  8. I was a third into this book and I could not care less about it It didn t seem we were meant to be Then suddenly my heart was aching for the characters and their stories, and it did catch me by surprise.And now it s been a week since I finished it, and I still find myself thinking about it Okay, you win, book I have to admit grudgingly You ve wormed your way into my heart and I d better make my peace with it.Why did I resist liking it so much Why did this book and I have such a rocky start to ou [...]


  9. One of the most outstanding epic sagas ever There seem to be six distinct writers in Cloud Atlas distinct, original tableaux their compilation suggesting that the boundaries of writing are endless Mitchell is authentic in every story These really are found objects placed in blatant, cunning contrast with each other But that they were all borne from one fountainhead from one single and chameleonic probably the most chameleonic I have encountered since Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa s mind this is th [...]


  10. One may transcend any convention, writes Mitchell s 1930 s composer Robert Frobisher, if only one can first conceive of doing so Cloud Atlas, the third novel by English novelist David Mitchell, is the author s bare knuckled blow to standard conventions and literature itself Here you will encounter six stories, linked across time, that, like individual notes of a chord, each resonate together to form a greater message than just the sum of their parts Using a style inspired by Calvino s If on a wi [...]


  11. Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield sit having breakfast in a diner discussing, among other things, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.Jules Well we d have to be talkin about one charming mother pig I mean he d have to be ten times charmin than that Arnold on Green Acres, you know what I m sayin Both laugh Vincent Awright, check this out I just finished reading this book called Cloud Atlas.Jules Cloud Atlas What the f is that Vincent It s a pictorial key to the nomenclature of clouds Early cloud atlase [...]


  12. pile story atop story, set em in different time periods, offer up a thin connection between each, and everything seems a bit than it is for me cloud atlas is exactly the sum of its parts maybe less i d love to hire 6 authors to independently write 6 stories set in different time periods, throw the whole mess together as one work, and watch people find all kinds of connections and deeper meanings they would they could now don t get me wrong, i love all that russian doll tale within a tale borges [...]


  13. Hey readersLook at the book you re readingw back to me.Now back at the book you re readingw back at me.Sadly, that book was probably not written by me But if you d check out my book, Cloud Atlas, you d know that I could have written it if I just wanted to Look back at the bookd now back up Who s that That s me, the author of Cloud Atlas, which is the book you could have been reading What s in your hand It s Cloud Atlas, which is a historical novel about a pacific voyage all the way back in the 1 [...]


  14. This is definitely a book that is richer with rereading, but I still prefer his Ghostwritten review show , which has significant echoes of this STRUCTUREIt s often described as a matryoshka doll or a turducken, but that s not the best analogy, imo Imagine six very different short books, each open at roughly the middle, then pile them up and that is the structure of Cloud Atlas story 1a, 2a, 3a, 4a, 5a, 6, 5b, 4b, 3b, 2b, 1b The structure is echoed in this clever and very brief review fromnought2 [...]



  15. In Memory of Double BillsI saw a lot of double bills in the heyday of independent cinemas.They weren t just two current release films that had been packaged to eke out some extra dollars for the exhibitor They were carefully curated films that shared a theme and formed part of a whole season of similarly matched films.Usually, the season was promoted by a poster that illustrated each film with a fifty word capsule review For many years, I kept these posters in a folder, at least until I got marr [...]


  16. I have no idea if the movie version of Cloud Atlas will be any good, but it was worth making just so we could get that excellent trailer In fact, they probably shouldn t even release the movie Just use the trailer to promote the book It worked on me because once I saw that thing I couldn t get this read fast enough An American notary crosses the Pacific and encounters many unsavory characters in the mid 1800s In 1931 a young man fleeing his creditors cons his way into the home of a respected com [...]


  17. I finished the book 10 days ago, and I still hesitate to start this review The first reason is that I loved the book so much, I am left with a feeling of inadequacy The second reason is the nature of the story I can t begin to explain why I think this is important to me without going into the message the core of the narrative All the stories assembled into this map of clouds beliefs attitudes are variations on a given theme, and the interrupted nature of the narrative is important in maintaining [...]


  18. 1 CountingI don t remember exactly when I learnt to count It feels like one of my earliest memories, and one of my most profound Things started to make sense right there and then That mountain of peas on my plate felt a lot less menacing when I could count that there were only 36 of them My collection of Dinky Toys was all the impressive when I realized I had a whopping 24 miniature cars to play with My enjoyment of candies increased when I realised 5 became 4 and 4 become 0 real quick I enjoye [...]


  19. Cloud Atlas is a book which is not particularly easy to read, requires patience and perseverance, but is ultimately very rewarding It is a story spanning than one hundred years that combines an entertaining even humourous plot with far bigger and important issues like slavery and exploitation The novel s language changes and develops with time and every new character introduced is as fresh and interesting as all those who came before In the end, it is pure genius It is also not a novel that I [...]


  20. Given that to review Cloud Atlas has become a perilous activity in GR, since it can elicit all kinds of backlashes and from a variety of stands, I will only include an innocent declaration of intent.In respect to the book and to the following incumbents the author David Mitchell, the publisher, the editors, the printers, any reading groups, any member readers in GR, whether friends or followed or followers, any member of Management in GR, and even, yes even the new owners of GR.I, Kalliope of Go [...]


  21. DISCLAIMER This review was my knee jerk reaction right after reading the book Since then my admiration for CA has diminished I will let the original review stay as it is I disown this review though WOW With my vocab deficit, I can t find the perfect word to express how reading Cloud Atlas felt I will put spectacular as a placeholder It has been quite some time since I read something this exciting.So The thing about Cloud Atlas is that everything explaining the central theme of the novel is embed [...]


  22. One morning while reading Cloud Atlas I was leafing through The Lie that Tells the Truth A Guide to Writing Fiction by John Dufresne and I opened to a page talking about how you have to leave room in a book for the readers to do some of the work The readers need to fill in some of the gaps According to Dufresne, this isn t just some advice that a writer can t give every piece of minutiae in a book, because that will make it unreadable, but also that readers want to put in some of the work It mak [...]


  23. Cloud Atlas is layered, complex, uniquely structured, occasionally puzzling, often moving, and not for the faint of heart It s famously or infamously structured with a sextet of stories that range from the mid 1800s to the distant future.Spent the fortnight gone in the music room, reworking my year s fragments into a sextet for overlapping soloists piano, clarinet, cello, flute, oboe and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its s [...]


  24. There s no doubt that David Mitchell is incredibly talented, and Cloud Atlas is a superior achievement It was stylistically inventive, intellectually daring, etc etc, just like all the critics and reviewers promised But ultimately it sort of left me cold, and I found myself wondering often what all of that effort was really for.There are two unfortunate things that at the onset contributed strongly to this book not knocking me on my ass The first was the insane amount of anticipation I had going [...]


  25. There s the sound of a deeply contented sigh emanating from the lips of someone clutching this book to herself like a long lost friend, a bead of tear perched precariously atop disorderly eyelashes And there s the barely audible sound of her turning the pages ricocheting off the pliant walls of time and space, sculpting a minuscule dent on the surface of a collective fate and this perplexing cosmic interconnection She cannot properly articulate her awe or even fathom her own bewilderment at bein [...]


  26. A basket case when it comes to storytelling form six interrelated stories in different narrative style and different genres happening centuries in between If you list the chapters in sequence, this is how the relationship looks like, main themes, and how the main characters are related to each other 1a The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing 1st part diary sea adventure racism 16th century in a vessel Prophetess afloat the Pacific Ocean 2a Letters from Zedelghem 1st part epistolary adultery music year [...]


  27. A half read book is a half finished love affair.Friend read with Donna 3 Here s a link to her amazing review review show This book is vastly overrated Mitchell spins a tale of reincarnation with no real punch and no real endgame I kept waiting for the mindfuck, none was forthcoming.This book is like a sandwich Bread 1850 Adam Ewing, story cut off mid point.Mustard 1931 Robert Frobisher, story cut off mid point.Onion 1975 Luisa Rey, story cut off mid point.Lettuce 2025 Timothy Cavendish, story cu [...]


  28. All my fears that this book would be a pretentious head trip were initially reinforced when the first segment of the book ended abruptly Right when I felt myself getting attached the main character, a Englishman aboard a merchant ship in the South Pacific circa 1830, I was moved into the mind of an unrelated character about 90 years later, a man escaping nefarious schemes in London to pursue an assistant position with a prominent modern composer in declining health But once I came across mysteri [...]


  29. First and foremost, this is a book about form Four of the five stories are broken in half, each one nesting thanks, Chabon inside the other until we get to the apex of the novel in one complete, contained story It s an intriguing project for many reasons Firstly, there are the formal experiments that are taking place Mitchell sets up his stories to question a reader s sense of how a story is told how we deal with chronology, the ways in which readers organize elements of plot and character, and [...]


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