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Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Cloud Atlas: A Novel
Author: David Mitchell
ISBN 13: 9780375507250
ISBN 10: 375507256
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2004-08-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 528
List Price: $16.00

In this audacious and dazzling novel, Mitchell weaves history, science, humor, and suspense through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, and each broken mid-action only to be concluded in the second half of the book. One of the more engaging stories is set in 1930s and told via letters describing a young musician's effort to become an amanuenisis for a renowned, blind composer. Another focuses on a book editor who fins himself accidentally imprisoned in a home for the elderly.

The Washington Post - Jeff Turrentine

Hopscotching over centuries, Cloud Atlas likewise jumps in and out of half a dozen different styles, all of which display the author's astonishing talent for ventriloquism, and end up fitting together to make this a highly satisfying, and unusually thoughtful, addition to the expanding "puzzle book" genre.