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At the heart of Mitchell's book is the global extension of the postmodern city, and the networks (cultural, technological, phantasmagoric) to which it gives rise. A metropolis like Tokyo is quite literally beyond our comprehension:
Twenty million people live and work in Tokyo. It's so big that nobody really knows where it stops. It's long since filled up the plain, and now it's creeping up the mountains to the west and reclaiming land from the bay in the east. The city never stops rewriting itself. In the time one street guide is produced, it's already become out of date. It's a tall city, and a deep one, as well as a spread-out one.At this level, urban sprawl becomes an epistemological condition. On one hand it leads to a Japanese death cult, purging the "unclean" from the city's subway with nerve gas. And on the other, it produces a certain splintering of the human personality. "I'm this person, I'm this person, I'm that person, I'm that person too," chants Neal, the narrator of the book's second part. "No wonder it's all such a ... mess." He's talking about his life as a Hong Kong trader, a "man of departments, compartments, apartments." But he might also be describing the experience of reading Ghostwritten. At once loquacious and knowing, leisurely and frantic, Mitchell offers a huge, but fragmentary, portmanteau. And while he's labored diligently to solder together the many parts--the aching bodies, the reality police, the impossibly complex machinery of contemporary life--his novel, too, may suffer from an excess of split personality. --Vicky Lebeau --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book is very well written, with beautiful language and characterization.
I finished reading the last line of the book, closed it, took a long breath, and opened it right back up again to page one and began rereading.
Throughout the entire book, each character gets their own chapter and it sure felt like a short-story on their own.
I first got to know David Mitchell through his extraordinary CLOUD ATLAS (2004), a matrix of six connected stories in different genres and periods, encased in one another like a... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Roger Brunyate
Just an all around excellent, fun book. I'm not going to go deep into the meaning of the intertwining plots, or what this or that may have meant, but each story was interesting... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mark Sanchez
The plot and characters were interwoven in such deep detail, I found myself having to go back and reread sections just so I could figure out who was who and what was what. Read morePublished 12 days ago by N. Stephens
Probably my least favorite David Mitchell book, but still good nonetheless. You can definitely see the rough edges as compared to his other works, and this one is a little bit (but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R Estrada
Just read this as a prelude to The Bone Clocks and after Cloud Atlas. Preferred it to Cloud Atlas and am now happily anticipating The BC. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark
Mitchell's first novel took ,me a while to get into but he is a good writer in terms of how he puts together the language and the multiplicity of interesting ideas and points of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by history fan