Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell's Great Work
Much more interesting than the film version, this is a great work of separate, fascinating tales spanning a chronological sequence from the early 19th century to an indefinite future some hundreds of years from now, tales linked by reincarnate souls and interwoven themes of justice, redemption, and decay.
Not to ruin anyone's expectations, but the central story seems to have a chronological problem, along with a misunderstanding about types of telescopes, though I'll leave these two aside for readers themselves to stumble upon if they walk along the edges of the path.
Despite these possible flaws, Mitchell's book is impressive and must be on anyone's great works' reading list.
Labels: Literary Criticism