By David Mitchell
Includes a brand new Afterword via David Mitchell
A postmodern visionary and one of many top voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out experience, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a willing eye for personality, and a style for mind-bending, philosophical and medical hypothesis within the culture of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip ok. Dick. the result's brilliantly unique fiction as profound because it is playful. during this groundbreaking novel, an influential favourite between a brand new new release of writers, Mitchell explores with bold artistry primary questions of fact and identity.
Cloud Atlas starts off in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his domestic in California. alongside the best way, Ewing is befriended by means of a doctor, Dr. Goose, who starts off to regard him for an extraordinary species of mind parasite. . . . unexpectedly, the motion jumps to Belgium in 1931, the place Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his manner into the family of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling spouse and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we bounce to the West Coast within the Seventies and a reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon an internet of company greed and homicide that threatens to assert her existence. . . . And onward, with excellent virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the close to destiny the place neocapitalism has run amok; and, eventually, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii within the final days of history.
But the tale doesn’t finish even there. The narrative then boomerangs again via centuries and area, returning through an identical path, in opposite, to its start line. alongside the best way, Mitchell unearths how his disparate characters attach, how their fates intertwine, and the way their souls glide throughout time like clouds around the sky.
As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable travel de strength that, like its incomparable writer, has transcended its cult vintage prestige to develop into a world phenomenon.
Praise for Cloud Atlas
“[David] Mitchell is, essentially, a genius. He writes as if on the helm of a few perpetual dream computing device, can obviously do something, and his ambition is written in magma throughout this novel’s each page.”—The long island occasions booklet Review
“One of these how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? sleek classics that without doubt is—and may still be—read by means of any scholar of up to date literature.”—Dave Eggers
“Wildly exciting . . . a head rush, either action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”—People
“The novel as sequence of nested dolls or chinese language bins, a puzzle-book, and yet—not simply amazing, a laugh, or smart yet heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve by no means learn something particularly love it, and I’m thankful to have lived, for it slow, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon
“Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] well-known on either side of the Atlantic as a author whose fearlessness is matched through his talent.”—The Washington publish e-book World
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