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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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Jul 04, 12

Read in April, 2012

Some people might find this almost too clever with the complexly interwoven half-dozen stories, jumping into the future with attendant science fiction speculation and so on but I thought it was brilliant and increasingly so as it went along. The narrative of each set of characters and historical time is divided in half and as you return to the conclusion of each in the latter half of the book, the sense of dissatisfaction you might have felt is more than made up for, as they become quite compelling and moving.
For those familiar with Ghostwritten, this is the same thing only even better. Mitchell is so confident in his originality that he is not afraid to include several pretty overt homages, specifically to Never Let Me Go and Riddley Walker and I suspect there are others I am not thinking of.

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