By the author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, David Mitchell's bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy's 100 ...Show synopsisBy the author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, David Mitchell's bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy's 100 Books of the Decade, CLOUD ATLAS has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant. The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small. Mitchell's other novels are GHOSTWRITTEN, BLACK SWAN GREEN and NUMBER9DREAM, all published by Sceptre. ... Facebook: Sceptre Books Twitter: SceptreBooksHide synopsis
Cloud Atlas (Random House Trade) – Trade paperback (2004)
Trade paperback, Random House Trade 2004
ISBN: 0375507256 ISBN-13: 9780375507250
In his captivating third novel, Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre, and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead.In his captivating third novel, Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre, and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead.Hide
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Perhaps the most amazing thing about this book is that only one person wrote it, although it reads like four very different authors were involved. Cloud Atlas works on a variety of levels, incorporating complex themes, history, science fiction, and these amazing character voices- all of whom are connected by a slender thread that would be trite in the hands of any other writer. It may take you a few pages to get into the flow of each character's voice, but it will be time well spent!
Mitchell provides us with a beautifully rich and varied language. His vivid imagination, ultimatley about power and domination, propels us into six different worlds. His Russian doll is then weaved together to provide a thought provoking novel about mankind. Compelling reading.
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