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Quite possibly Mitchell's weakest novel thus far. I feel like I get what he was going for, with the elements of thriller fiction and cyberpunk, but th ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 06, 2014
White Teeth
It's hard to determine my stance on this book. Zadie Smith is clearly an extremely gifted prose writer, but on the whole it seemed like an excessively ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 24, 2007
The Bone Clocks
As with Mitchell's other interconnected-worlds novels, some worlds are more compelling than others. I must say that The Bone Clocks crept up on me. Su ...more
Jun 2015
May 28, 2015
The Sense of an Ending
A novel that started strong and ended in a bit of a mire, which is always disappointing. But I have to say that it isn't bad, it just ended on a somew ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 23, 2013
Black Swan Green
Mitchell comes awfully close to kitsch at points, writing a coming-of-age novel dealing with social awkwardness, first kisses, familial disharmony, ea ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 21, 2011
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Any fan of Cloud Atlas will recognize the similar themes: the necessity of keeping one mind's free in a fascist milieu, the violence of the colonial e ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 26, 2013
At its best, Saturday is a story of ordinary lives against a slightly carnivalesque backdrop, told by a judicious and charming authorial voice-- it re ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 06, 2013
The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future
I suppose my nearest reference point is Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, which likewise oscillates between a day-to-day ser ...more
Dec 2016
Dec 20, 2016
Something to Tell You
Lots of lapsed Muslims squirt semen on one another amid punk rockers and champagne socialists right as London lost its swing. Yes, it's a Hanif Kureis ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 30, 2014
Cloud Atlas
Whoa! Tour de force! It's a story of a post-apocalyptic Hawaiian society that worships a Korean clone inspired by a film about a British publisher tra ...more
Nov 2010
Oct 28, 2010
Slade House
The latest missive to feature the perpetually interlocked souls of the Mitchell-verse is a rather shorter, sweeter book than The Bone Clocks, which wa ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 16, 2016
The Girl on the Train
Let's talk about Grotowski. This radical Polish playwright had the wisdom to recognize that theater could not compete with film in terms of spectacle, ...more
Jan 2016
Feb 02, 2016