Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a fantastic book! Reading this book was more interesting that anything I’ve done in a while (no comments about my boring life, please!). I could hardly put it down, and it has been awhile since I’ve read a book that held my interest that much.
Cloud Atlas isn’t like a normal novel. It has chapters in the sense that it is divided into sections. Each section takes place in different time period beginning in the 1800s and going far into man’s future. These sections then begin going backward and the book ends in the same time period in which it began. The sections are connected by objects and thoughts through the years. I really enjoyed this book!
The book begins with Adam Ewing, a notary in the Chatham Isles, who contracts a brain parasite. He is treated by his friend Dr. Goose. The first section ends abruptly and we then find ourselves in Belgium in the early twentieth century. Time marches on through the 1970’s in Buenas Yerbas, modern day England, a future Korean corpocracy, and post-nuclear Hawaii. The stories are fascinating!
I also want to comment on David Mitchell’s beautiful use of the english language. This book was shortlisted for a Man Booker Prize in 2004 and deservedly so. Cloud Atlas is worth reading for the writing alone.
I highly recommend Cloud Atlas as you can see from my rarely given award of five hearts! Enjoy! If you have read Cloud Atlas leave a comment and let us know what you think….
Book Details: Published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (August 17, 2004), 528 pages, ISBN-10: 0375507256, ISBN-13: 978-0375507250