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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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Reading this after seeing the movie is .. weird. Some segments were used nearly unaltered in the film, and some were extensively adapted to fit the demands of the screen. I tended to enjoy the latter more in this book. Particularly the parts in Neo Seoul and Hawaii. After the brilliant cutting and interplay between story lines in the movie, the simple nesting in the book is a let down. Enjoyed the movie more, and I don't say that often.
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Jonathan Dowland Interesting review! So despite preferring the bits in the book most changed in the movie, you preferred the movie! My least favourite change was simplifying frobisher's story (and adding a capital crime to his rap sheet). I missed the train journeys in the publisher's tale, but they were rather unfilmable. Mixed feelings about somni's story: too much cgi but I didn't miss the book's twist. I'm not sure about the film's tacked on happy ending. With the book, given the two inner most stories are dystopian, I had a pervasive sense of doom in the other stories whilst the stack unwound, despite their innate positivity (as in, what's it all for, look what happens!). The film's approach to interleaving at least avoided that.

I read the book first and watched the film shortly afterwards.


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