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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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May 23, 2012

it was amazing
Read from May 23 to June 14, 2012

Ho. Lee. Shit. Easily the most impressive work of fiction I've read in years, and one that I'll have to reread, as I'm still - nearly three weeks after finishing - grappling with it.

The narrative structure could easily have been a gimmick, but instead propels the story and further ensnares the reader in the narrative web. The text deals with big issues - the meaning(s) of slavery and freedom, of identity, of extinction and rebirth - while remaining playful and giving the reader plenty of meta winks about the literary highwire act that's being attempted. And all of this is carried over Mitchell's effortless chameleon-esque shifts of style.

In every respect, brilliant. A must read.

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Katie You inspired me. I just added it to my list. Someday when I've slaved through the 2000 plus pages of the Game of Thrones series, I will read important fiction again.

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