An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian ...Show synopsisAn apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ? Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect. A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell's first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century.Hide synopsis
Description:UK first impression of the large-format paperback original. Good...UK first impression of the large-format paperback original. Good only overall with some grubbiness to page edges and some creasing to spine. Sceptre 1999. 0.0 0.0 0.0.
Description:Very good in very good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over...Very good in very good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 448 p. Audience: General/trade. First US edition, First printing of the author's first book. Some edgewear and a small faint spot at bottom of page edges, not a remainder mark. In unclipped dust jacket with a bit of edgewear.
Description:Very Good. No Jacket. Signed by Author(s) 0679463046 Advanced...Very Good. No Jacket. Signed by Author(s) 0679463046 Advanced readers copy. Signed by David and he has also drawn a ghost with clouds.
Description:UK first impression paperback original. Good only with creasing...UK first impression paperback original. Good only with creasing to spine, slight lean and some faint marks to bottom page edges. Sceptre 1999. 0.0 0.0" 0.0.
Description:Fine in Not Issued jacket. Advance Reader's Copy. 8vo-over 7¾"-9...Fine in Not Issued jacket. Advance Reader's Copy. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Advance Reader's Copy (ARC) for the first US edition. Illustrated perfect-bound wraps. Signed by Mitchell on the title page. NY booksigning event flyer laid-in. Unread copy in Fine condition. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
Description:Near Fine in Fine jacket. Random House, New York 2000. First...Near Fine in Fine jacket. Random House, New York 2000. First American Edition / First Printing. Stated First Edition, Full Random House numberline with 2 present. The first edition statement was removed with later printings. Original jacket priced at $24.95 at the front flap. Signed by David Mitchell on the title page. Inscribed "To Darlene with thanks." The Inscription is Guaranteed. Book Condition: Near Fine+, clean boards, tight spine, soft shelf wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine, wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.
Description:Good Condition. Signed by Author. ~~SIGNED BY AUTHOR TO TITLE...Good Condition. Signed by Author. ~~SIGNED BY AUTHOR TO TITLE-PAGE~~VG-1st impression 1st 1999 Sceptre trade paperback, lovely cover artwork, issued in trade paperback and no hardback in the UK. Signed by David Mitchell with doodle across his name on the title page, boldly signed in black marker. Light spine creases, ex-owner name and date to fly-leaf corner in pen, pages a little dulled else VG and unmarked. More by this author available Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Signed by Author. ISBN: 0340739746. ISBN/EAN: 9780340739747. Inventory No: 031063.
Description:Near Fine. + No Jacket. Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) 8vo-over 7¾"...Near Fine. + No Jacket. Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author A NEAR FINE+ copy of the ADVANCE READER'S COPY. SIGNED by DAVID MITCHELL on the title page. SIGNED by DAVID MITCHELL on the title page. The author has also written the novel's FIRST SENTENCE above his signature on the title page. : " WHO WAS BLOWING ON THE NAPE OF MY NECK? ". A very interesting copy thus of the First U.S. Edition.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) A...Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) A bright, tight stated first edition (#line: 23456789) signed by the author w/ typical flourish over his printed name on the title page. DJ is clean & colorful; protected in mylar; price clipped. Text is firmly bound w/clean, crisp pages throughout.
Description:Very Good+ No Jacket as Issued. Book. Signed by Author(s)...Very Good+ No Jacket as Issued. Book. Signed by Author(s) Complete number line from 1 to 10; signed and dated 2010 by David Mitchell on the title page with no inscription and his characteristic curlicues at the Vancouver International Writers Festival; minor edge wear; otherwise a solid, clean copy in collectible condition.
This was given to me by my wife as a surprise. I knew that he has written the libretto for the opera "WAKE' which has music by Klaas de Vies and was produced in Holland to much acclaim. I found the story fascinating.I am not surprised that David Mitchell has won so many prizes in
literature and has been short listed twice for the BOOKER Prize. Please enjoy this work and you will thinking about
this long after you complete the book. Enjoy and think about what he says..........
If you are interested in young, modern English writers start here! Many of Mitchell's characters/themes reappear in later novels, so reading them in sequence really adds new levels of meaning to the later works. Highly recommended.
The concept of Ghostwritten is compelling: several unrelated, interconnected stories that somehow are suppose to create a whole. At first, part of the fun in reading Ghostwritten is being plunked in the middle of some interesting crisis in a character's life. You become fascinatingly absorbed in the tale and then suddenly you're unceremoniously removed from the character's somewhat unresolved story and plunked into the middle of another character crisis in another part of the world. Disoriented, you read along sucked into this new tale only to have this happen to you again and again. It's jarring and throws off the momentum a bit, but keeps the novel fresh and exciting.
What makes this so much fun is unexpectedly stumbling across interconnections to characters from past stories that thread throughout. I found myself excited from anticipation when each new chapter began, looking out for the surprise connections. Because of this, I read the book slowly, savoring each new twist and turn wanting to make the read last. Mitchell is a good storyteller and sucks you in completely.
Perhaps in reading this so slowly I missed something. The last interesting chapter is London with the ghostwriter. The final few chapters fall apart, especially the New York City chapter. The DJ chatting with the Zookeeper was a complete "What the ...???" moment and when I read the last page I scratched my head and thought, "Did I miss something?" I didn't understand the point to having the stories interconnect outside of its entertainment value. I wasn't quite sure I "got" the big picture. I think the novel went in a full circle but I'm unsure.
It's enough to make me want to closely re-read the novel to see what I've missed but I don't think I really need to know that badly to compell me to re-read Ghostwritten. It's a fun read, full of wonderful visuals and lyrical writing but for me it wasn't a completely cohesive read. I give it three stars. Recommended, but expect to be somewhat disappointed with the ending.
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