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Cloud Atlas: David Mitchell [Aug. 9th, 2012|11:46 am]
Tony Grist
6 novellas (each in a different literary genre) =  1 novel. How's he manage that then? Finding out is one of the pleasures of the book. Others are the brilliance of the story-telling (a narrative breaks off halfway through and you're immediately hooked by the one that interrupts it) and Mitchell's skills as a pasticheur. 
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2012-08-09 12:51 pm (UTC)
I have read it, one of my reads early on this year. Absolutely brilliant writing,storytelling and expansive.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-09 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yes. Terrific book.
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[User Picture]From: sambeth
2012-08-09 01:01 pm (UTC)
Brilliant book, that. Loved it, except for the thriller-ish story. But the meta of even that bit was interesting.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-09 02:55 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed picking the Hitchcock references out of that section.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-09 02:59 pm (UTC)
I've watched the trailer too- twice- trying to work out who is playing which character. Tom Hanks seems to be playing Zachary. Isn't he way too old?
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[User Picture]From: trixibelle_net
2012-08-09 03:00 pm (UTC)
I loved that book when I first read it, it ensured I read every David Mitchell book since. Some I've struggled with, but my two other favourites of his are Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. I would heartily recommend them if you have the time/inclination. Black Swan Green is largely autobiographical as I understand it, Thousand Autumns is fantastic and awful and worth the investment.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-08-09 03:24 pm (UTC)
When I like an author I generally read them in bulk. I went to the library yesterday and scored everything of Mitchell's they had on the shelves. I've just started Number 9 Dream and plan to follow it with Black Swan Green.
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