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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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May 31, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 31 to December 20, 2011

I appreciate authors and artists who test the limits of a format even if it means that a vision is difficult for the readers or audience to embrace. In Cloud Atlas, Mitchell introduced 6 distinct stories, set in different times and places and with a unique narrative style presented in each story. Stories included a 19th century passenger on a ship in the Pacific, journalist investigating a nuclear power plant scandal in the 1970s, futuristic world with cloned people who serve a consumerist society, and man who takes advantage of a relationship with an aging composer. Each story was introduced in the first half of the book with the remainder told in the last half. The use of interruption gave an opportunity to explore the thin threads of connection between the stories.

The book demonstrated the depth and creativity of Mitchell's writing. Reading it from this perspective was stunning. However, he stretched my ability as a reader to remain emotionally engaged in six distinct, complex stories.
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April I'm stuck in the second storyline and although I like it I'm finding it hard to pick up. Already renewed it twice so am guessing I won't finish and will have to try again in the future.

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