- Audio CD: 272 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184456472X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844564729
- Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 4.8 x 1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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It's an intriguing organization, best followed by reading the book in one sitting, so as to keep track of the various plot threads and people. However, at 426 pages, this is unlikely for most readers.
But Mitchell's novel is more than a philosophical play on fate and chance and the six degrees of separation that radiate from us in all directions. The novel is filled with real characters, some venal and pathetic, some appealing, a few remote, one repellant. The settings range from self-consciously contemporary Hong Kong and earnest, teeming Tokyo to a tight-knit island off the Irish coast, the Mongolian desert, a remote Chinese mountain, a late-night radio station in New York, the streets of London and the bleak underside of post-Soviet St. Petersburg.
One narrator is a bent lawyer haunted (literally) by the ghost of a little girl, a pawn to his own greed, trapped by his estranged wife, his rapacious Chinese maid and his high-powered, crooked employer. Another is a self-deluded Russian woman, trying to escape her life by a big score in stolen art. The book opens with the fervid ramblings of a Japanese cult fanatic, a terrorist who planted poison gas on a Tokyo subway, and closes with the same or similar narrator.Read more ›
I imagine many readers were turned off by the intensity and layering of the detail, but I thrived on it. For me, the denser, more intricate the storyline, the happier I am, and I must say this book made me happier than any other book that I have read in some time for that specific reason.
Each chapter is a story unto itself, and yet each story is tied to the others by layers of small detail. It was a stroke of genius on Mitchell's part to structure the book as he did. Chapter ten, the last chapter, detailed Quasar's act of terrorism in the Tokyo underground, but the action actually took place before the opening of chapter one. Quasar, the mentally unbalanced cult follower, experiences in his final moments on the train all the clues to the stories of the lives depicted in the previous chapters. This construction allowed Mitchell to tie together, in just a few paragraphs, all the loose ends that plagued each separate story. Very effective.
I could go one at length about the richness of the layered stories and how one life is unknowingly built on the basis of another, and how Mitchell helps the reader through constructive symbolism to understand the basis of human interaction and interdependence. Bat Segundo (ch. 9) plays Satoru's (ch. 2) tenor sax piece on his radio show, how both Neal Brose (ch.Read more ›
Then I hit the last two chapters. Where I had come to expect magic, as all of the storylines finally converge, I got...what? Very suddenly, with only the most tenuous connection to the rest of the story, this non-point-of-view character with tremendous power appears, as though the author just read about "deus ex machina" and decided to give it a very literal interpretation. Then one of the characters who had actually drawn our sympathy earlier, who had been most central to the converging storylines, gets dispatched in an almost offhand way. Many of the connections established before are just left hanging, as though someone had punched a huge hole through the just-woven fabric of the story up to that point. I can almost see the author losing energy or interest, after the painstaking effort to craft the earlier chapters, and slapping the rest together just to be done with it. Maybe an overzealous editor was involved.
However you look at it, though, the ending can only disappoint. I have never seen such an immensely promising book take such a precipitous nosedive at the end. I would seriously recommend that readers read revel in the the marvelous though incomplete story up to that cutoff point, and then stop instead of ruining the experience by reading the rest.
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I had to use x-ray(the search function in my kindle app) to connect parts of the book. Certainly creative and methaphysical. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This book take you to other worlds and involve s the world of computers and other cultures. It is a great read!Published 3 months ago by Denise Davis
The other reviews summarize the book better than I ever could, but in short - if you are the type of person who enjoys the ride, you will like this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Weaver
At first one can;t imagine how he is going to bring it all together. The writing is amazing and yet by then end, I felt like it took a very longtime to reach a single conclusion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Soosles
Ghostwritten is David Mitchell’s debut novel. In typical Mitchell style, it is comprised of several intersecting narratives that build upon each other to create a stunningly... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JenP
David Mitchell's award-winning debut novel is a fine introduction to his brand of cosmopolitan fiction, a feature that would be evident in his later novels like Cloud Atlas and The... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Ang
Just finished, much to delight of those I have ignored while reading on my Kindle and iPhone. The structure of the story is cool, either the typical appearance of characters from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Red Merle
It may not be quite as polished or fully-realized as his later books, but Mitchell's debut still stands out as one of the better novels I've read in a while. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrew Vrana