Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Number 9 Dream: David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas is six books in one; Number Nine Dream is nine.  The more styles you write in and the more genres you encompass, the more chance you have of capturing reality- or so the thinking seems to go.  In Cloud Atlas Mitchell hits upon a formal structure strong enough to contain and discipline his creative antsyness, his yearning after omniscience, his need to do the police in different voices.  Here- one book earlier- he doesn't. Not quite. 

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