The Bone Clocks
The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coas ...more
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Here is the review that this book deserves: please read this and not mine. My review is not worth reading.
I'm such a drama queen.
This is all planned out: I imagined a ceremonious return to goodreads, where I shock the masses with a derisive and scathing critique of one of my favorite authors, and the goodreads community would all be astir. "What happened to him?" "Didn't he just love David Mitchell?" "He wouldn't shut up about him!" And then t ...more
Dear James Wood,
We read and love writers for very different reasons. I read Albert Camus and I read Jorge Luis Borges. I read Milan Kundera and I read Malcolm Lowry. I read Richard Ford and I read Doris Lessing. I read Lawrence Durrell and I read Saul Bellow. I read Samuel Beckett and I read Jim Harrison. I read Emily Bronte and I read Michel Tournier.
David Mitchell's dazzling gifts are not those of Karl Ove Knausgaard, yet I need them equally in the fabric of my life. They bring different qual ...more
“For one voyage to begin, another voyage must come to an end, sort of.”Your déjà-vu is real (or maybe you're a Prescient). Yes, you've seen something of this sort before. Six interconnected stories told in the first person, combined to create a novel, radiating like raindrop rings on water - or maybe the walls of a concentric maze leading to the elusive center - from a central overarching theme. You've seen it from David Mitchell not that long ago, in the hit-smash-success Cloud Atlas. You'll ...more
The first chapter is by far the best of the book, after this, the author goes off on tangents using language, terms, and words that were completely foreign to me.
The story is all over the place and I was completely lost regarding character progression, relationships, and the overall stor ...more
I have a briefer, spoiler-free, and very different, review here (different * rating, too): https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..., which is more about my feelings for the book. It also includes a selection of favourite quotes and links to interviews. The difference in star rating is deliberate: I couldn't decide.
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[Apologies to Dean Wareham]
The bone clocks
"Being For The Benefit Of Holly Sykes!"
[Apologies to the Beatles]
For the benefit
Of Holly Sykes,
There will be
A show tonight
If you don’t like
The daring scenes,
To be sacked.
You’ll get your
It’s just a circus act!
"Jacob's Ladder" by William Blake
Dwelling on a Reservation
Another genre-bending novel by David Mitchell also channels Stephen King and Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Did you just hear that? Yes, but Mitchell does nothing by mistake. It was evidently deliberate, and he mixes various castes of writing styles, although much less so than in CLOUD ATLAS and even THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. Mitchell lures in mainstream readers, as well as his steadfast fans. I think he does one better, though, than the latter ...more
With his newest effort, 2014's Bone Clocks, David Mitchell returns to form found in his earlier novels such as Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas with a wide-ranging epic spanning across multiple narrators and continents with aims at a universal message about power and the battle of good versus evil. Like Cloud Atlas, his newest effort harnesses various genres of fiction into a larger mosaic work that highlights the interconnectivity of humanity and the versatil ...more
I don’t think that it’s important to have read all of Mitchell’s earlier books to enjoy this one. And I don’t think I’m saying that just to make myself feel better ...more
My agent wisely advised me to split it up into two novellas.
I wish Mitchell's agent had given the same advice.
He or she didn't.
It's a tempting trap, this splicing together of novellas. I know, I've been caught in it myself. It makes the writer's job much easier. And it's clever, to boot. In the case of The Bone Clocks, however, this strategy backfired, creating a novel divided against itself.
I'll spare you the plot overview for three reasons: 1) othe ...more
Two reviews allows two ratings, but by the time I'd finished this, I realised even with its faults, it's not 2*, so it will be 3* and 4* from me.
Narrative Str ...more
― David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
It is hard to not like David Mitchell. He is literary, just not too literary. He is funky, just not too funky. He is hip, just not too hip. He is political, just not too political. He is spiritual, but also seems to leave room for a bit of humanist doubt. I can't think of another writer who captures the energy or direction of the slick, urban, cosmopolitan, ...more
After Holly's opening chapter, the narrative switches to Hugo who was an absolute pain to read,it's depressi ...more
“My hero is a Cambridge student called Richard Cheeseman, working on a novel about a Cambridge student called Richard Cheeseman, working on a novel about a Cambridge student called Richard Cheeseman. No one’s ever tried anything like it.”
“Cool,” says Johnny Penhaligon. “That’s sounds like—“
“A frothy pint of piss,” I announce, and Cheeseman looks at me with death in his eyes until I add, “is what’s in my bladder right now. The book sounds incredible, Richard."
How can a novel so replete with cynic ...more
David Mitchell caught trying to sneak into the Frankfurt Book Fair for free. Why would he even try?
[On the red carpet outside the auditorium]
Haruki, would you mind autographing my book for me?
[Looks only briefly at the book, before opening it to the title page]
Hey, this isn't my book! What's going on?
It's my book. I told you it was my book.
[Recognising David Mitchell]
But you keep plagiarising my novels.
It shares the same basic concept of loosely-tied novellas with strange immortal creatures either living their lives among the humans or actively engaging in a far-ranging and explosive war with others a bit ...more
But did I adore The Bone Clocks?
With great disappointment, I must confess that I did not (notwithstanding the fact that I devoured the novel over the course of just three of four days).
The Bone Clocks is fantastical dreck camouflaged as literature. Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against fantasy ...more
The hardback has a beautiful color and silky pages. :)
I'm putting all my thoughts behind a spoiler, in case details ruin your enjoyment of discovery. (view spoiler)[
The book is writt ...more
That scope you need to know, as the late b ...more
I'd also like to say that the ARC copy of this book is really beautiful, and when I eventually get a hardcover edition I hope it's just as pretty. But look at how nice this looks all by its ARC self:
I really liked The Bone Clocks, an ...more
I once read, in a friend's review of Cloud Atlas, that David Mitchell is a writer who loves to show off. I understand that statement now.
In terms of plot, The Bone Clocks is a pure fantasy novel, with its own factions of heroes and villains from a different realm locked in a centuries-old battle, complete with made-up words and psychic phenomena. Yet the novel is structured in a way that is completely anti-fantasy; like Mitchell deliberately wants to impede your understanding of his book. So whe ...more
What a journey this book took me on! Some of it was glorious and will leave lasting memories of images and characters so real I feel like I can call them a friend. But other parts were much more forgettable, with scenes and stories that seemed to muddy the waters versus enhance them.
This is my second read of author David Mitchell. I started out with Slade House, which I found out after actually takes place in the same time frame and with some of the same characters as TBC. I think I'm g ...more
Step aboard this wild fairground ride at your peril: it is impossible to step off again until the music stops and it spits you out, senses reeling and feet barely touching the ground. Now that I have had a little time to mull it over - we like a nice mull - I shall continue my conversation with the eminent critic of the New Yorker, James Wood. I should point out that Mr. Wood doesn't listen to me, or ever answer, but I'm used to that, I'm married after all.
In his review ...more
So here's the deal with The Bone Clocks: It's well written, and I could have kept plugging away at it. Maybe I would have liked it in the end, but it felt like a chore to me. I wasn't terribly interested in what was happening in the story, and I didn't care about the characters in the slightest. The thought of try ...more
The mystery surrounding an unidentified middle-aged woman found wandering the streets of Krefeld in a state of confusion has been solved. After police published photographs of the unknown person, appealing for help in her identification, several people came forward with the information that it was Karen M., a long-term British resident of Krefeld, known to them as a teacher of English. This helped to explain why, when she was found, she was babbling incoherently in English.
Frau M. had ...more
The Bone Clocks was vehemently recommended by a friend, who is an unabashed David Mitchell fan boy, actually, he didn’t recommend a book so much as the author. I was very wary of picking up a David Mitchell novel because I didn’t like Cloud Atlas, the movie, at all. I thought it was very confusing, what with the shifting POVs and timelines, but you know what they say right, never judge a book by its movie. So, I asked my friend if he can recommend a David Mitchell book that...more
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