The Kindle version of Cloud Atlas is missing the end of the first story (the one that takes place on the Chatham Islands). Right around location 725, it cuts in mid-sentence to some weird footnote, and then the next page is the beginning of the next story. I downloaded the book both on my actual Kindle and on my Iphone, and both copies exhibit the same problem.
I would like to know how the first story ends before continuing with the book. Any ideas on how to resolve this?
About 1/2 way [maybe 3/4] through chapter 2 it should make sense. Consider it a test. I think many people will find/have found it an unfair artifice. But it's what this book is. Personally, I loved it soooooo much.
Ah, so it's actually supposed to be like that? I had just assumed that there was some problem with the digital transfer! In that case my curiosity is piqued as to how this resolves itself, and I shall read on and find out!
Yep! I can see how this would be a total disadvantage in the Kindle edition. In the print version, it's plain to see that there are no missing pages, so you're intrigued to push on and see what's up. In an e-book, yeah, I doubt if you're the only one who was puzzled by the abrupt ending.
I'm writing many months later and maybe they fixed it? But at about 725 is the end of the half-book, and the only cut-off is the intentional of that Mitchell makes, where Sixsmith is reading and is cutoff from the whole book. There is a short comment from Henry's son (J.E.) in parentheses about the Mariori and then the book is cut off for good. I hope this helps. I didn't see any discription of action on the Chatham Islands that was filled in (of course I don't know what was supposed to be cut off) but before that they talk about fish and Ewing talks about how his eyes are bugging out due to his "affliction." Really no much else. Hope any of this helped. Lynn
All the stories are cliffhangers, resolved in the second half of the whole book in reverse order. Style is the biggest reason to read this book, you've prob never read anything like it before or since. Bev stein
I opened this book to begin reading it, all I have is the acknowledgments, books by the author, and about the author. A list of his books like an ad with a picture of a couple of the books and that is it. At this point it is showing that this is 100percent of the book. Am I doing something wrong? I did check the order and for some reason it says pending. Have not see that before. So...question is it the book there and I am doing something wrong or do I need to plug it in to get the book to load. I have never had that problem before. I did follow the instructions to restart the kindle...Help someone! I was really looking forward to reading this book. Cindy
The only time I had that problem is when they had an old credit card on file and I had to put a new one in to pay for it. Sometimes they will still send the book or at least part of it before they figure out that the payment never went through. They sent me an e-mail immediately. I would check to see if you were charged for the book first.
Well, the big clue would be the table of contents. I like that the author makes ironic reference to his work, and if it will work, in the Frobischer story. When talking about his composition of the Cloud Atlas sextet, which has a similar structure to the novel, RF wonders whether it will be "revolutionary or gimmicky?" I don't think it is revolutionary, but it is definitely gimmicky, but not in a bad way. I wasn't really hooked on this novel until the bridge, I liked the Luisa Rey story and Somni stories the best. His vision of Somni's world "corpocracy" is brilliant. Several novels set solely in that world are definitely possible, even if it is not entirely original as sci-fi goes, it is original enough. With that in mind, I lean towards the opinion that CA is gimmicky. The interweaving of the stories is not necessary for any of them to succeed though it does give strength to the weaker ones.