Friday, November 04, 2016

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.



At 11:24 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I normally work "forward" from reading the book to seeing the movie, but in this case, it looks as though I'll have to work "backward." Thanks for the recommendation.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

The book is certainly worth reading, whether before or after the film. Let me know if you like reading it.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:21 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Will do.

At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely my favorite of his books to date, tho I did like "Jacob de Zoet" a lot, too.--CPH

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Mitchell is constructing his own Marvel universe . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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