Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
A postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles of genres, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian lore 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 profund as it is playful. Now in his new novel, David 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 doesn’t 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.
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Everything you need to know about "Cloud Atlas"
Well, probably. Written by David Mitchell — not the one from Peep Show — Cloud Atlas was published in to the excited whisper of literary critics going quietly gaga. It made the shortlist for that year's Booker Prize, and the fact that it ultimately missed out to Alan Hollinghurst's The Line Of Beauty hasn't stopped it maturing into a much-loved work of contemporary fiction. People who read it back then rhapsodised about the way it tombola'ed different genres into six mesmerising, interlocking narratives, swept up in its ambition and scope. They also said things like: "There's no way they'll ever make this into a movie" but we'll gloss over that.
Sign in. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Everything is connected: an diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. The reincarnation of a soul travels through time beginning with the diary of a potential slave-owner voyaging across the Pacific in , then a talented composer writing letters to his lover in the Britain's s, followed by a reporter investigating a corrupt case about a US nuclear power-plant in the s, succeeded by a publisher's comical entrapment in a nursing home in , followed by a clone's thrilling escape and rebellion in 's Korea, and finally a tribesman fighting cannibals in a forgotten colony world past Each story challenges the corrupt norms of the time, changing the course of history, and shaping the future through acts of kindness, big and small. The reincarnation of a soul travels through time in an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story, a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the s to a dystopian Korea of the near future.