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Cloud Atlas (Enhanced Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel by [Mitchell, David]
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Product Alert: This book does not contain a misprint on page 39. We have received complaints from customers that they have received misprinted editions because of the way the story changes direction in the middle of a word on page 39 (for Kindle readers, the end of the first section). This is not a misprint or error. It is the way the author has written the book. He returns to the seemingly abandoned storyline later in the book.

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“[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature.”—Dave Eggers
 
“Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”People
 
“The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet—not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon
 
Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”Boston Sunday Globe
 
“Grand and elaborate . . . [Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate.”Los Angeles Times

About the Author

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell translated from the Japanese the internationally bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 144508 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812984412
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Mti edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812984420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812984422
  • ASIN: B009GI8J1O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to say it's been years since I have felt so engaged reading a book. Oddly, I saw the movie before buying the Kindle book; and in the middle of reading, I decided to watch the movie again. I suspect it won't be long and I will read the book once again.

This is a thinking person's book and story, and thus isn't for everyone. But the mastery of the writing is so highly evocative that you "see" the book as you read it. Incredibly deep characters, mesmerizing continuity of theme (which some might argue about, given that the book is written as segments contributing to a "writ large" story), the ability to make you laugh, cry and inevitably sigh, "yes."

I had never heard of David Mitchell before reading this book. But it only took me 500+ pages to realize what an important writer and artistic voice he is.

I am a strong supporter of public libraries, and have downloaded Kindle versions of books to determine if I will actually buy the book. In the case of Cloud Atlas, it was a no-brainer. I finished Cloud Atlas today and immediately downloaded "Ghostwritten" from my local library. I suspect it won't be long and my Kindle cloud will have all of his works in it.

If you think and therefore read, and read to think, Cloud Atlas will keep your mind whirling. It's a must-read piece of literature. It's a truly gripping story.
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Cloud Atlas is unlike any book I've read. It follows a nested structure: Story A, Story B, Story C, Story D, Story E, Story F, then back to Story E, Story, D, ..., Story A. The stories are totally different, from a lawyer aboard a ship a century ago to a man in a post-apocalyptic future. Mitchell constructs different voices in each story, and he even constructs different dialects for Stories F (the post-apocalyptic future) and E (the corpocratic future). Each story is engaging, and the stories are linked with a light touch - the composer in Story B discovers the journal of the lawyer in Story A; the clone in Story E watches a movie about the life of the publisher in Story D. (Several of the characters have a birthmark in common as well.)

The book is ambitious and it pulls off its coup: Mitchell creates six engaging stories and keeps me involved enough to wade to the center and back out again. His prose is great, and occasionally I even enjoyed an insight. For examples of the former, consider "Only the trombonist played on. That's trombonists for you", "People are obscenities. Would rather be music than be a mass of tubes squeezing semisolids around itself for a few decades becoming so dribblesome it'll no longer function", speaking of publishing - "Translation rights fell like territories in the final round of Risk", and "Never apologize, advises Lloyd George. Say it again, only this time, ruder." I smiled at a scene where a composer is writing a piece that has the same structure as the novel in which he is a character: "Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late."

For the latter, consider "I'm a spent firework; but at least I've been a firework," "no state of tyranny reigns forever," "Why fight the `natural' (oh, weaselly word!
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I have seen the film quite a few times because, face it, there are times when it's really hard to understand what some of the characters are saying. That's why I wanted the book then I was somewhat able to piece some of the events and characters together. Although the movie didn't follow the book step by step and I didn't expect it would, a lot was made more clearer to me but I still may have to read the book again and I probably better buy the film while I'm at it. The movie will probably be my next purchase from Amazon.
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I loved this book, and I specially enjoyed the reincarnation theme. A book like this requires attention and intelligence, a love of language and a fascination with stories. Another author that I really enjoy is Adriana Koulias, she writes about similar themes, bringing in history and exploring reincarnation. If you like this try reading The Sixth Key. Books like this are like playing three dimensional chess, it is a challenge but who doesn't like a challenge?
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I will dispense with the book description as there are many already written. When I read a book, I read it for entertainment. What entertains one, does not necessarily entertain another. For a book to be entertaining to me it should be a combination of great character development, well crafted writing, and a cogent plot.

Character development was pretty good, enough so I had a decent feel for the main characters, although very few of the characters in this novel are very likable. I don't need to like characters in order to enjoy a novel, but it's unlikely I'm going to love a book where I don't love at least one of the characters.

The writing...well, the author certainly has a vast vocabulary, and he definitely used it. I like big words, truly I do, I'm a lawyer, but if I need to go to a dictionary more than a couple of times for a book, well then it's just starting to feel like work. This writer clearly takes his craft seriously, but in my opinion, he takes it a bit too seriously and simply gets carried away trying to write something so clever that it seems tantamount to literary masturbation.

In addition to the authors need to prove his literary prowess, he has an annoying habit of writing entire paragraphs in another language without translation (usually french), and although you can get a gist of what he's saying through context I often feel like I do when people are whispering in another language next to me. It's annoying. I actually took french in grammar and high school, but it was not enough for me to translate what I was reading (granted I do not have much memory of french left). In addition to paragraphs in foreign languages, he actually makes up his own advanced dialects and vernacular that took me most of a character chapter to decipher.
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