Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Mike’s review

As I’m looking up a ton of words on a borrowed ipad, an e-book question arises: Is there a function which allows you to click a word and get a definition? Or to click a term in French and get a translation, or a place which is referenced which you do not know and can then get more information? This seems like a huge and seamless way to learn/better the reading experience. Also, why is autocorrect on apple products so incredibly horrible? Seriously.

Ending the first section mid-sentence gave me chills

Very clearly but seamlessly transitions the language itself between times and characters which is a monumental feat.

“I was slurpin’ her lustsome mangoes an’ moistly fig” is one of the most disgusting sentences ever written.

“as if there could be anything not done a hundred thousand times between Aristophanes and Andrew Void=Webber! As if Art is the What not the How.” I’ve been chastising myself all day for trying to write this novel’s soul-through-time theme much poorer than Mitchell. Thanks for making me feel a little better, but I don’t know if my version will ever be this good.

I love the multiple endings. It’s the theory of “the characters’ lives continue on and the reader must think about them” manifest.The mini-ends are quite satisfying in a way whole endings usually are not. And the mini-ends don’t end solid-significantly like I usually prefer.

Nailed the ending-ending as well. Something significant about endings being so satisfying in a novel which proposes there is no end, even when the world ends.

How did it take so long for the morality/fable parts to appear? And then to consume the novel. Curious that the first half seems to be just intertwining souls, but then the overarching theme to the world becomes clear. Perhaps a little too clear, but perhaps not. Hard to say with the novel’s structure. Could just be that my brain is clamoring for something familiar and the power eats itself idea is one I support. I think the problem comes in five lives lived and the soul pretty much just learns the same lesson in 3 of them, then saves the world and then talks about what happened. The first 3/last 3 seem a bit redundant. This could be very specific to me though.

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2 thoughts on “Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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