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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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Jun 18, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: book-club-reads, 2008
Read in July, 2008

It was an interesting premise. I like how it was constructed like a piece of classical music, with a crescendo and a coda at the end. I read reviews that people characterize the layout of the story as nesting dolls. I viewed it as that theory recalling that a butterfly's wings gently fluttering in the Caribbean can cause a tidal wave in the south Pacific. Except add a dimension of the nefarious true nature of humanity to the time/space dimension, and there's Cloud Atlas.

I really liked the stories in and of themselves, but when I first saw the connectedness of them, I liked it even more. Suffering may pass through the ages and leave a time stamp on lives, but life does go on. Maybe too heavy for casual summer reading but truly a work of literary genius. It was unique and smart and that's what I appreciated about it. Some may say that it can sound a bit preachy, and maybe it was. But the man's a good storyteller, plain and simple, in any genre (which you can see through the vignettes).

My $0.02.

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