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Cloud Atlas (2004)

av David Mitchell

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17,274670282 (4.1)4 / 1432
Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks Now a major motion picture  Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Includes a new Afterword by David Mitchell

A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity.
Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.
But the story doesnt end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.
As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon.
Praise for Cloud Atlas
[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 novels every page.The New York Times Book Review
One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt isand should beread 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 yetnot just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. Ive never read anything quite like it, and Im 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.
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    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet av David Mitchell (pgmcc)
    pgmcc: Really enjoyable set of related stories with the author's well deomonstrated skill
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    Om en vinternatt en resande av Italo Calvino (Ludi_Ling)
    Ludi_Ling: Different yet both well-written approaches to meta-fiction.
  3. 81
    The Years of Rice and Salt av Kim Stanley Robinson (TomWaitsTables, PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: A theme of reincarnation used to balance Karma flows through the story.
  4. 60
    Number9Dream av David Mitchell (PghDragonMan)
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    Huliganerna kommer på besök av Jennifer Egan (jbvm, souloftherose)
    jbvm: Without giving anything away, after you've read both you'll understand my recommendation.
    souloftherose: Both novels are occasionally experimental in style with interconnected short stories. They are also both very good.
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    Syndaflodens år av Margaret Atwood (JenMDB)
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    Riddley Walker av Russell Hoban (Rynooo, browner56, pfeldman)
    browner56: Highly imaginative works, particularly the phonetic recreations of the English language
  8. 30
    Black Swan Green av David Mitchell (PghDragonMan)
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    Let the Great World Spin av Colum McCann (novelcommentary)
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    Gods Without Men av Hari Kunzru (Tinwara)
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    De sammanflätade ödenas slott av Italo Calvino (Ludi_Ling)
    Ludi_Ling: For those interested in disparate yet intertwining narratives of a somewhat fantastical nature.
  12. 10
    Girl Reading av Katie Ward (rarm)
    rarm: Girl Reading isn't as intricately constructed as Cloud Atlas, but both books use linked stories to carry a theme through the centuries and into the future.
  13. 10
    Cloud Cuckoo Land av Anthony Doerr (nicole_a_davis)
    nicole_a_davis: Both have stories that span multiple time periods and are seemingly unconnected until the end.
  14. 32
    Station elva av Emily St. John Mandel (generalkala)
    generalkala: Similar multi-strand, multi-era novel.
  15. 32
    Liv efter liv av Kate Atkinson (JenMDB, sturlington)
    sturlington: Both have unusual narrative structures and explore the theme of reincarnation.
  16. 21
    Människors barn av P. D. James (JenMDB)
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    Stengudarna av Jeanette Winterson (doryfish)
    doryfish: Both novels have a theme of eternal recurrence.
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    Terra Nullius av Claire G. Coleman (susanbooks)
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    Elysium av Jennifer Marie Brissett (ansate)
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    Join av Steve Toutonghi (47degreesnorth)

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I think this is the first book I've rated 5 stars in 8 years. A friend rated it and said it was a chore to read. This was refreshingly not a chore for me.

To quote Tom Hanks: "It is one story about six people who through their choices between cruelty and kindness affect the world for generations to come." And to quote Frobisher, a character from one of the stories, talking about parts in a piece of music yet not coincidentally fitting the book itself, ... "each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor: in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky?"

I see the comet as a symbol of the opportunity each character (and thus each of us?) has to break from the masses and choose a different path; to choose between doing good or following status quo, bravery or cowardice, taking and giving chances, leaving a legacy for future generations or not, and trusting in others or shutting them out. And these are simple examples from a complex book.

This seems to be one of those divisive books that one either loves or hates. I happen to fall on the "love it" side. ( )
  MahanaU | Nov 21, 2023 |
Interesting read, can take a little to get into. Left wanting the next chapters ( )
  vdt_melbourne | Nov 18, 2023 |
Mooi geschenk van B aan B, Wolkenman... Lang gelezen maar langzaam goedbevonden. Zonderling boek/verhaal Va,ui de Ardennen, Paliseul ( )
  Vercarre | Oct 22, 2023 |
Saw the movie years and years ago, and almost forgot - it started coming back to me while reading. Liked the movie, loved the book. At first the switches are surprising, almost disappointing; it reminded me of why I put down [b:If on a Winter's Night a Traveler|374233|If on a Winter's Night a Traveler|Italo Calvino|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1528312857l/374233._SY75_.jpg|1116802]. But this one did not only deliver, it made me think and see.

I have a strong feeling this is one of those books that read differently at different stages of life. I’ll definitely be rereading it in a few years. ( )
  Yggie | Oct 12, 2023 |
It was an enjoyable read, but I feel like the plot didn't go quite as far as it could have. ( )
  Andrewsk1 | Oct 11, 2023 |
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It felt like reading multiple stories from six different authors all on a common theme, yet all these disparate characters connect, their fates intertwine, and their souls drift across time like clouds across a globe.
 
Cloud Atlas is powerful and elegant because of Mitchell's understanding of the way we respond to those fundamental and primitive stories we tell about good and evil, love and destruction, beginnings and ends. He isn't afraid to jerk tears or ratchet up suspense - he understands that's what we make stories for.
 

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks Now a major motion picture  Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Includes a new Afterword by David Mitchell

A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity.
Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.
But the story doesnt end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.
As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon.
Praise for Cloud Atlas
[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 novels every page.The New York Times Book Review
One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt isand should beread 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 yetnot just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. Ive never read anything quite like it, and Im 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.

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