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Ghostwritten

Ghostwritten 1

by David Mitchell
Paperback
Publication Date: 05/05/2000
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Winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.



A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell's first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century.



An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ?



Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect.
ISBN:
9780340739754
9780340739754
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
05-05-2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
448
Dimensions (mm):
196x130x32mm
Weight:
0.31kg
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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  • a brilliant debut novel.

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    Ghostwritten is the first novel by British author, David Mitchell. Told by nine different narrators, with a plot spanning centuries and continents, this is an amazing debut novel. The narrators are a member of a doomsday cult who releases poison gas in a subway in Tokyo, and details his retreat to Okinawa and a small nearby island, Kume-jima; a jazz aficionado who works as a sales clerk in a Tokyo music store; a lawyer in a financial institution in Hong Kong who has been moving large sums of money from a certain account; a woman who owns a Tea Shack on China's Holy Mountain and speaks to a tree; a non-corporeal sentient entity which is searching for who or what it is; a gallery attendant in Petersburg who is involved in an art theft scam; a ghostwriter/drummer living in London who saves a woman from being run over by a taxi; an Irish nuclear physicist who quits her job when she finds her research is being used for military purposes; and a late night radio talkback DJ who finds himself fielding calls from an intriguing caller referring to himself as the zookeeper. Mitchell weaves together these nine narrations into a cohesive whole with vague or occasionally direct references to a myriad of common themes, characters, objects, or words (including, but not limited to, albino conger eels, camphor trees, an earth-bound comet, Kilmagoon whiskey, jazz music, cleaning toilets and artificial intelligence) in each narration. His characters muse on, ponder and articulate on various themes: love/lust; chance/fate; brainwashing; propaganda; one's own place in the world; why we are who we are; principles; and the character of London Underground Lines; There is humour, irony, intrigue, and a plentiful helping of tongue-in-cheek comments. And when Mo Muntervary tells Father Wally Phenomena are interconnected regardless of distance, in a holistic ocean more voodoo than Newton, she could be describing Mitchells own love affair with connections: fans of Mitchell's work will also recognise certain characters and concepts from his other novels, in particular, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and number9dream. This is a brilliant debut novel.