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A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell

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David Mitchell has emerged as one of the leading figures of the current “under-50” generation of contemporary British writers and is rapidly taking his place amongst British novelists with the gravitas of an Ishiguro or a McEwan.

Written for a wide constituency of scholars, students, and readers of contemporary literature, A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 29th 2015 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published November 13th 2014)
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Kyle
Jan 09, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it
This was the second book of literary criticism of David Mitchell's work I've read, but unlike the first (David Mitchell: Critical Essays) it's the work of a single author. O'Donnell examines Mitchell's novels chronologically (starting with Ghostwritten and ending with The Bone Clocks), and examines how Mitchell plays with time within and across his novels. I really enjoyed O'Donnell's focus on the connection between the novels as well as how various authors (e.g., Calvino, Murakami) influenced M ...more
Brenda
Apr 29, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
After you get accustomed to the sometimes prolix academic language, this is a romp of an analysis of Mitchell's novels.

Three stars for that prolixity and some mighty sloppy editing.
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