David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Fiction - Fantasy
- Published : 2004 (Sceptre)
- ISBN : 9780340822784
- SKU : B000162
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
The novel features six characters in interlocking stories.
Each story interrupts the one before it :
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation.
Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter . . . From there we jump to the American West Coast in the 1970's and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neo-capitalism has run amok; and, finally . . . to a post-apocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.
But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.
As wild as a video game, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour-de-force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon.
The narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
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