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The Bone Clocks

por David Mitchell

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Séries: Horologists (2)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. David Mitchell is an eloquent conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit-it is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable. Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics-and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly's life, affecting all the people Holly loves-even the ones who are not yet born. A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list-all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder. Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together. From the Hardcover edition.… (mais)
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This was my first David Mitchell and I think I can say that I'm a fan and will certainly pick up his other work (at least Cloud Atlas which I've had on my nightstand for years!) However, I'm not completely sure what I thought about The Bone Clocks.

Parts of it were wonderful but there were almost as many parts that were very slow and that never tied themselves to the main story enough to justify their presence in the book.

I would love to read more about the individual horologists and their lives. I really enjoyed the parts about Marinus as a young serf and his initial meetings with Xi Lo and Holokai and would like to know more about their metalives. I also want to know what happened to Hugo Lamb after he got into the car in Switzerland. There's so much that I'd rather have seen than all the time spent with Crispin Hershey.

Overall, a mixed thumbs-up.


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  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
This is one of the stranger books I have read and will have to think about it for a while before I decide if I liked it or not. Mitchell remains a powerful stylist. All the magic stuff...well, I'll just have to ponder it for a while. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
Outside the last two chapters, I loved this book. Mitchell's writing is incredible. His main characters are flawlessly written.

The last two chapters could have been just as good were it not for the abrupt switch into fantasy Harry Potter-style magic mixed with Westernized Eastern religions in the penultimate chapter, which was abrupt and very unwelcome. It came as a tremendous information dump, leading to the ridiculous battle.

The final chapter was good, except for the lengthy and overly wrought disaster movie lecture on climate change, which droned on for far too long and added little to the overall story.
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  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
yeah, just too woo woo for me. I gave it 200 pages out of 600, but just didn't want to pick it up.
  Helenliz | Oct 19, 2023 |
on immortality, timeslips, and eventually dystopia. some lovely writing typical of David Mitchell in the first part, where the main characters do their own narration while living their own lives. but then there's a problematic turn to emphasis on plot, combining the characters in an actual plot (Horologists vs their enemies), that seemed too much for the author, coming across as a kind of attempt at genre writing that does not work, because it feels inauthentic. personally, i'd have been much happier if he had stuck with rolling out characters and left out the awkward plot altogether, but hey, there's another book left in this series, Slade House, and i need to read it to see if it rights the writing ship. but i confess that i really lost engagement with this plot and fell asleep a lot before this one ended because i just didn't care about the next line. too bad. ( )
  macha | Oct 10, 2023 |
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Mitchell's plotting is as intricate as ever, and he indulges in many familiar tricks. Themes, characters and images recur in different configurations, as in a complex musical work; characters from earlier Mitchell books make guest appearances; there are sly references to Mitchell's literary reputation, as well as to the works of other writers....

Mitchell is a writer who will always do his own thing, and the question to ask about his work isn't how profound it is, or what category it belongs to, but how much fun it is to read. And on that measure, The Bone Clocks scores highly.
adicionada por zhejw | editarThe Guardian, William Skidelsky (Sep 7, 2014)
 
In fact, Holly’s emergence from “The Bone Clocks” as the most memorable and affecting character Mr. Mitchell has yet created is a testament to his skills as an old-fashioned realist, which lurk beneath the razzle-dazzle postmodern surface of his fiction, and which, in this case, manage to transcend the supernatural nonsense in this arresting but bloated novel.
adicionada por ozzer | editarNEW YORK TIMES, MICHIKO KAKUTANI (Aug 26, 2014)
 
Another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from logophile and time-travel master Mitchell
adicionada por sturlington | editarKirkus Reviews (Jul 1, 2014)
 

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Mitchell, Davidautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Ball, JessicaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Bentinck, AnnaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Oldenburg, VolkerTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. David Mitchell is an eloquent conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit-it is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable. Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics-and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly's life, affecting all the people Holly loves-even the ones who are not yet born. A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list-all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder. Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together. From the Hardcover edition.

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