Ghostwritten is a tapestry that requires attention to detail, an eye for pattern, and a good ear. Throughout, the apocalyptic rhetoric is woven in sta...moreGhostwritten is a tapestry that requires attention to detail, an eye for pattern, and a good ear. Throughout, the apocalyptic rhetoric is woven in staging the debate between fate and chance, as well as between science, technology and nature.
The book has many interconnected, interacting components, chapters or individual characters. The overall organization must be a result not simply of the agents’ behavior or plot movements, but also of their interactions. Last, there is, within the text, no central controlling agent. Instead of following a main protagonist through the narrative and experiencing the story line as a result of his or her actions, the action is undertaken by a group of characters.
The most interesting of the stories was "Mongolia" which involved perhaps the most striking narrator, the non-corpum. If I were asked to choose one from the nine stories, this would be my selection. It acts as a sort-of-climactic ending (surprisingly) towards the middle of the book.
The book uses the cliché that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Again,the emphasis on wholeness and global pattern discernment,is key here, given the increasing interdependence of nations and communities in the world.
But, I have to confess. I found Cloud Atlas much more compelling than Ghostwritten, partly, due to the fact that it was my first David Mitchell novel. The storyline follows a similar pattern. Nine people from different walks of life have their lives altered, in the most minute ways, without their own volition, through a loosely woven network of interconnections. Some characters from Cloud Atlas make their mark, such as Timothy Cavendish (the publisher) and Luisa Rey (the journalist).
If you haven't read David Mitchell yet, I suggest you start doing so. You can start off with any one of his amazing novels, and I bet, that the one you begin with will always remain your most favourite Mitchell novel.
Ghostwritten definitely requires a re-read. I have read the book only once and once is not enough. If you really want to understand what's going on and if you want to notice the subtler hints that the author provides throughout the book, then a reread is essential. So I advice anyone with the time and patience - to read this wonderful book again.(less)
I have just finished reading the Foundation trilogy. As I finished off with each book, it just kept on getting better. I was mighty impressed with the...moreI have just finished reading the Foundation trilogy. As I finished off with each book, it just kept on getting better. I was mighty impressed with the third installment. No wonder it has been called "The greatest sci-fi series of all time". (less)
This is my first Arthur C. Clarke book. Initially I was confused with the mind-boggling detail of the spaceship given by the author, and hence felt bo...moreThis is my first Arthur C. Clarke book. Initially I was confused with the mind-boggling detail of the spaceship given by the author, and hence felt bored. I felt I might not even care to finish the book. But things got pretty interesting once dawn fell upon Rama. I won't go into the character details or the plot in any way. To all fellow readers who are curious about the book,my advice is to go for it. To top it all, I watched a youtube video (I shall put the link at the end of this review) just to get a grasp of the spaceship described in the book. And that has charged me all up. So, on with the next book!!
A highly thought-provoking novel...These are the kind of books that make me love Goodreads. Scour enough through its vast collections, and you are bou...moreA highly thought-provoking novel...These are the kind of books that make me love Goodreads. Scour enough through its vast collections, and you are bound to stumble upon a gem of a book like this.(less)
I finished Cloud Atlas yesterday; that itself being an understatement. I found the book randomly from my local library. I did some online digging and...moreI finished Cloud Atlas yesterday; that itself being an understatement. I found the book randomly from my local library. I did some online digging and found that it had spectacular reviews from nearly everyone. Armed with that confidence I decided to read the book.
Cloud Atlas is more or less like a roller coaster ride. At first you wonder whether they want to get off or not. But after crossing a certain point - well at least in my case - you can't bear the journey to end. Such is the thrill and excitement I derived from this book.
There is a multitude of genres and underlying sub-texts in Cloud Atlas. And all of this..all the interlinking stories and genres related to them are executed like an impeccable dance. The themes presented vary from to colonialism to political thriller. My personal favourite was the story entitled, "An orison of Sonmi-451". The book shows how the human society (repeatedly) evolve, change, die and survive over centuries.
Cloud Atlas is truly a masterpiece. Don't miss it for anything.(less)