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Cloud Atlas: A Novel Paperback – August 17, 2004
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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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At once audacious, dazzling, pretentious and infuriating, Mitchell's third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Like Mitchell's previous works, Ghostwritten and number9dream (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), this latest foray relies on a kaleidoscopic plot structure that showcases the author's stylistic virtuosity. Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place, each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book. Among the volume's most engaging story lines is a witty 1930s-era chronicle, via letters, of a young musician's effort to become an amanuensis for a renowned, blind composer and a hilarious account of a modern-day vanity publisher who is institutionalized by a stroke and plans a madcap escape in order to return to his literary empire (such as it is). Mitchell's ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the "novel as puzzle" will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work.
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From The New Yorker
Mitchell's virtuosic novel presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naïve clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage; an aspiring composer who insinuates himself into the home of a syphilitic genius; a journalist investigating a nuclear plant; a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands; and a cloned human being created for slave labor. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the novel. Only after this do the second halves of the stories fall into place, pulling the novel's themes into focus: the ease with which one group enslaves another, and the constant rewriting of the past by those who control the present. Against such forces, Mitchell's characters reveal a quiet tenacity. When the clerk is told that his life amounts to "no more than one drop in a limitless ocean," he asks, "Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"
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I found I wanted to discuss the plot and the links and the individual stories as I read Cloud Atlas, and I also want to talk about it to anyone else who has read it. Everybody takes something different from the book.
I'm not sure I can add more to the story without repeating what other reviewers have said, or giving spoilers, but I do want to say that if you struggle through the first chapter, and don't know what is happening, persevere. You will be rewarded.
Out of the 6 characters, I savored the accounts of Sonmi-451 and Timothy Cavendish. Without delving too much into the story, Sonmi-451 is a server fabricant, which is a genetically modified clone assigned to society's menial tasks. The setting takes place is Neo So Corpos, Korea, a totalitarian, dystopian society with consumerism as its main ideal and where a person's value and prestige is equated to how much wealth he or she possesses. What I found fascinating was of Sonmi's "ascension" and her views and insights she gleaned from looking at Neo so Corpos from an outsider's perspective.
On the other hand, Tim Cavendish's story is a light and humorous account of a seedy book publisher who becomes flush with cash, gets blackmailed by his client's brothers, and then ends up becoming trapped in a retirement home. All in all, I found both of these 2 stories to bring 2 different stories and genres which provided quite a refreshing read and kept the book quite entertaining.