Cloud Atlas (Hardcover)

Author: Mitchell, David

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780812994711
SKU 241532262
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 081299471X
Release Date 11/20/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1.25T
"[T]he main virtue of the novel is that imponderable quality of outright likeability. Zachry is the last in a line of disarmingly charming narrators accommodated by the imagination of the author: David Mitchell is a tremendously engaging host-writer....[A]n affecting achievement of the imagination."
"Great Britain's answer to Thomas Pynchon outdoes himself with this maddeningly intricate, improbably entertaining [novel]....[I]n one of the most imaginative and rewarding novels in recent memory, the author unforgettably explores issues of exploitation, tyranny, slavery, and genocide....Sheer storytelling brilliance."
"Mitchell's virtuosic novel presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy."
"David Mitchell entices his readers on to a rollercoaster, and at first they wonder if they want to get off. Then--at least in my case--they can't bear the journey to end. Like Scheherazade, and like serialised Victorian novels and modern soaps, he ends his episodes on cliffhangers and missed heartbeats. But unlike these, he starts his next tale in another place, in another time, in another vocabulary, and expects us to go through it all again. Trust the tale. He reaches a cumulative ending of all of them, and then finishes them all individually, giving a complete narrative pleasure that is rare."
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First Line Beyond the Indian hamlet, upon a forlorn strand, I happened on a trail of recent footprints.
Annotation As they weave through, reference, and illuminate each other, these lengthy stories comprise a startlingly original novel. They tap into different time periods (from the 19th to the 22nd centuries), locations (the Chatham Islands, London, California, a future dystopia in what was once Korea) and genres (noir, sci-fi, diaries, dialect narrative). Divided into two sets of tales, the book first progresses toward a central, futuristic story of tenuous survivors in a new Iron Age, then moves back again through the worlds of the first section, culminating--as it began--in the diary entries of a man in the South Seas in 1850. All together, as they comment on the passing of time and the human desire for some kind of redemption, the narratives tell a powerful, complex, and completely gripping story.
Editors Note Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0509
Publisher Modern Library

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