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The Cloud Atlas
The Cloud Atlas
by Liam Callanan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read, January 12, 2005
This review is from: The Cloud Atlas (Hardcover)
Through the twists and turns of the Alaskan tundra-I honestly didn't know where this book was leading me until the last moment. It was a brilliant story about love, war, and the bargains we make with ourselves and others to survive life's tragedies and travails. I found it an especially poignant and engaging work but what distinguishes it as literature and not just another Oprah's book club selection (no offense) is that the it truly resonates and stays with you. The character development is subtle and well crafted. While I didn't appreciate the varied tempo of the plot while reading it, in retrospect, it adds an additional depth and timbre to the book I had missed at first read. I picked up the book on a lark at an airport but am now planning on hosting a book club in an effort to glean new insights and further explore the many layers of this debut novel. But I would have to say that the most moving aspect of this book is the enduring message of pragmatic optimism it espouses which is so hard to find in modern literature. In the interweaving of so many tragic stories and lives broken by war and circumstance, the author magically communicates a message of hope and peace which is a precious treasure in times such as these. I am dying to discuss this book at length with friends and would highly recommend it to anyone.


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