Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

By David Mitchell

From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning author and one of many featured authors in Granta’s “Best of younger British Novelists 2003” factor, comes his hugely expected 3rd novel, a piece of mind-bending mind's eye and scope.

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 Reagan’s California; an arrogance writer fleeing his gangland collectors; a genetically changed “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a tender Pacific Islander witnessing the dusk of technology and civilisation -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas listen every one other’s echoes down the hall of background, and their destinies are replaced in methods nice and small.

In his attractive 3rd novel, David Mitchell erases the bounds of language, style and time to supply a meditation on humanity’ s risky will to energy, and the place it may well lead us.

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It's a very long vacation,' he said wistfully. 'In my day we used to go on what were called reading parties, always in mountainous areas. Why?. ' 'My dear boy, you'll find them all shut. The students go to Barbizon or such places and paint in the open air. There was an institution in my day called a "sketching club"' mixed sexes' (snuffle), 'bicycles' (snuffle), 'pepper-and-salt knickerbockers, holland umbrellas, and, it was popularly thought, free love' (snuffle), such a lot of nonsense. I expect they still go on.

Must digest first,' she said. 'I'm not used to gorging like this at night. ' said Sebastian. ' 'Not all the time. ' 'Does it? ' 'Then perhaps you are an agnostic. ' 'I can't spare you a whole rosary you know. Just a decade. I've got such a long list of people. ' 'Oh, I've got some harder cases than you. ' 'She was bunked from the convent last term. I don't quite know what for. Reverend Mother found something she'd been writing. ' 'It's a new thing a missionary priest started last term. You send five bob to some nuns in Africa and they christen a baby and name her after you.

My sister is very pompous tonight,' said Sebastian, when she was gone. 'I don't think she cares for me,' I said. 'I don't think she cares for anyone much. I love her. ' 'Do you? ' 'In looks I mean and the way she talks. ' When we had drunk our port, I walked beside Sebastian's chair through the pillared hall to the library, where we sat that night and nearly every night of the ensuing month. It lay on the side of the house that overlooked the lakes; the windows were open to the stars and the scented air, to the indigo and silver, moonlit landscape of the valley and the sound of water falling in the fountain.

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