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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 Reagans 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 the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. In his extraordinary third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 09/09/2004 ISBN-13: 9780340822784  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker. In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. David Mitchell's sixth novel is The Bone Clocks (Sceptre, 2014).

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Now a movie, the book is better. A quite extraordinary series of disconnected yet connected stories stretching across space and time. One of the most remarkable books I have ever read.

Richard Madeley - 07/06/2013

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Shortlisted for the 2004 Booker Prize, this novel consists of six stories that draw the reader from the late 19th century into the imagined future and back again. Apart from the sixth story, each of the "novellas" is interrupted midstream by the subsequent one, and the protagonist in each novella is connected in some way to the one in the next. I was particularly impressed how Mitchell skillfully altered his narrative style to reflect each novella's context. Furthermore, even for this non-reader of science fiction, I found the two stories taking place in the near- and post-apocalyptic future to be especially engrossing, with echoes of modern issues and problems convincingly (if somewhat depressingly) taken to a believable next level. - Adam

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 31/03/2011

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