Listing books by David Mitchell
|Full title||Cloud Atlas [permalink]|
|Author||David Mitchell (author)|
|Categories||Novel and science fiction|
|ISBN||978-0-375-50725-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
Six separate stories running from the late 1800s into the deep future are interwoven in various ways. The chapters first tell the first part of each story until the middle chapter, where then the second parts of the stories are told in reverse order (see the structure, you'll understand).
I watched the movie before reading the book (in fact, watching the movie spurred me into reading it), so my review is naturally colored by that. I loved the movie, and the book is even better.
It's extremely well-written, and the tone of each chapter is fitting for the time period. The language of the chapters that take place in the future is also apt. An example from the chapter "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After", set in the deep future:
I strongly recommend this novel. It's a joy to read from start to finish.