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Cloud Atlas
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What Members Thought

I think my main problem with this book was that I just did not like it very much. It wasn’t the format – I generally love short stories. It wasn’t the historical context or the genre fiction – God knows I read enough of that otherwise. I just think that every story felt like something that had been done before, and better. I did not think it was smart or clever. I thought it was sort of boring and unnecessarily pompous.

I have to admit that I was biased based on the first story, which I strongly
Tom Merritt
Sep 20, 2012 Tom Merritt rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this book. As a huge fan of "If on a winter's night a traveler" by Italo Calvino, the idea of interrupted stories is not a bad one for me. And what a perk to get to see them finished. The nested nature of the second halves was elegant and enjoyable. I wrestled with whether I would classify this book as "important" as some have said. It's themes are well expressed and its issues well defined but rarely was I shocked by them. However I was always entertained enough by the stor ...more
Dec 08, 2013 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4,5

It's wonderfully written, the stories have depth to them, make you stop and think, but it lacks some emotional connection with the characters. It could be great, one of the best books I've ever read, but it ends up being just really really good.
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