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by David Mitchell
Publication Date: 12/07/2011
5/5 Rating 2 Reviews
Six lives. One amazing adventure. The highly acclaimed novel of mindbending imagination and scope by the Booker-shortlisted author.

'Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies ...'

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagans California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his extraordinary novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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David Mitchell

David Mitchell is a comedian, actor, writer and the polysyllabic member of Mitchell and Webb.

He won BAFTAs for Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look, and has also starred in Jam and Jerusalem, Ambassadors, Back and as Will Shakespeare in Ben Elton's Upstart Crow.

He writes for the Observer, chairs The Unbelievable Truth, is a team captain on Would I Lie To You?, can't drive and co-owns a house.

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  • The reason we read

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    It seems impossible to explain David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas without making it sound complicated for the sake of being complicated. It's not - the specific structure Mitchell has chosen to work within is the perfect scaffolding for a nearly perfect novel. For me, this was one of those books which remind us why we read. Brilliant.

  • Like a FabergĂ© egg

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    Cloud Atlas is a stunning creation. Six interlocking, nested stories, unconstrained by genre; each one beautiful and different. Read it.