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Cloud Atlas by Mitchell, David 1st (first) Edition (2004) (original 2004; edição 1994)

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Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.
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Título:Cloud Atlas by Mitchell, David 1st (first) Edition (2004)
Autores:aa (Autor)
Informação:Sceptre (1994), 509 pages
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Cloud Atlas por David Mitchell (2004)

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    pgmcc: Really enjoyable set of related stories with the author's well deomonstrated skill
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    souloftherose: Both novels are occasionally experimental in style with interconnected short stories. They are also both very good.
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I don't know exactly how an author gets the urge to write concept fiction, or, to be more pejorative, "a book with a gimmick". Most of the time it seems like there's no real reason to take what could be a perfectly pleasant novel or short story collection and start piling on endless symbolic layers (Joyce), pointless footnotes (Wallace), or text formatting games and frame narratives (Danielewski), and it seems like frequently the concepts are just there to paper over a weak supporting story. Mitchell's book, though, didn't strike me as one of those cases where his conceit was gilt over mush. It's six layers of loosely-connected, mostly good tales nested like a matrioska doll:
- Adam Ewing, an American lawyer in the South Seas who gets involved with the fallout of colonialism among the Maoris and contracts a mysterious ailment.
- Robert Frobisher, an aspiring musician whose escape from his debts leads him to serve as an elderly composer's amanuensis in his household of many temptations.
- Luisa Rey, a Karen Silkwood-esque journalist trying to research a potential coverup behind the construction of a nuclear power plant.
- Timothy Cavendish, an aging book publisher lured to an early retirement in an old-folks' home straight out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- Sonmi-451, a clone in a THX-1138-ish future born to serve fast food who struggles to realize her potential despite the suffocating pressure of the nightmarish hyper-Juche that surrounds her.
- Zachry, a Polynesian in the far future whose story I skipped over because it was written in a goofy Anthony Burgess-style fake language that was annoying to read.
The book starts off with the first half of Ewing's story, moves to the next through one or another transition method (e.g. Ewing's diary entries get read by Frobisher, Cavendish's story is a movie that Sonmi watches), then returns to close out the second half by the end of the book. Most of the stories were pretty interesting in and of themselves, although maybe one reason for the book's format is that Mitchell didn't think any was strong enough to be a complete book. I would certainly have read a good deal more of Frobisher, Rey, and Sonmi's stories. I liked the stylistic transitions between the narratives, and I'm sure I would have found Zachry's story interesting if I had put in the effort to get used to the patois he used. There's some themes going on like reincarnation and the journeys of souls that are done well and possibly the main motivation for the book's structure, but overall I liked the actual plots of the stories enough that even though I skipped an entire sixth of the book I liked it as a whole. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
I tire of much contemporary fiction because, for the most part, it pales in comparison to older, mightier literature of the canon; and as I find myself “reading against the clock” (to borrow Bloom’s words) it’s hard for me to expend my precious reading hours on literature that doesn’t have a payoff confirmed by many ages before myself. Still, I take chances in the name of curiosity and, I suppose, keeping at least a pulse on the state of current fiction. And yet oftener and oftener, when I take these chances, I find myself disappointed and wishing I had allotted the time to, say, absorbing some unread Shakespeare play, Borges short story, or perhaps tilling the soil of some of Montaigne’s vast corpus of wisdom. But—alas!—with this treasure of 2004 from one David Mitchell, disappointed I was not! Far from it, in fact.

See full review: http://chrisviabookreviews.com/2017/09/08/cloud-atlas-2014/ ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |


Now, I'm curious to see what's been done with this when it became a movie. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Reread/audiobook review: Audiobook was poorly set up (no logical chapter breaks), but the readers were great and it worked really well.

Not quite sure I liked the structure, since I felt it started & ended on the least intriguing story, but I really liked the book overall. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
One of my favorites. I can see that it is not for everyone due to its unique structure, but if you can get into it it is a great book. ( )
  jemmatcf | Mar 19, 2021 |
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It felt like reading multiple stories from six different authors all on a common theme, yet all these disparate characters connect, their fates intertwine, and their souls drift across time like clouds across a globe.
 
Cloud Atlas is powerful and elegant because of Mitchell's understanding of the way we respond to those fundamental and primitive stories we tell about good and evil, love and destruction, beginnings and ends. He isn't afraid to jerk tears or ratchet up suspense - he understands that's what we make stories for.
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Guest, Kim MaiNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Heyborne, KirbyNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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