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Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell

RRP €13.80

Cloud Atlas
by Author Name David Mitchell

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List Price:13.80
Format: Paperback, 120 x 84 x 17mm, 864pp
Publication date: 30 Jun 2011
Publisher: Sceptre
ISBN-13: 9781444730043

Description

Published for the first time in flipback - the new, portable, stylish format that's taken Europe by storm. '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.

Reviews

An impeccable dance of genres ... an elegiac, radiant festival of prescience, meditation and entertainment. The Times His wildest ride yet ... a singular achievement, from an author of extraordinary ambition and skill Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday It knits together science fiction, political thriller and historical pastiche with musical virtuosity and linguistic exuberance: there won't be a bigger, bolder novel this year. Guardian Mitchell's storytelling in CLOUD ATLAS is of the best. I was, appropriately, captivated. Lawrence Norfolk, Independent David Mitchell entices his readers onto a rollercoaster, and at first they wonder if they want to get off. Then - at least in my case - they can't bear the journey to end. AS Byatt, Guardian The way Mitchell inhabits the different voices of the novel is close to miraculous ... No other British novelist, to my mind, combines such a darkly futuristic intelligence with such polyphonic ease. Robert MacFarlane, The Sunday Times Gloriously inventive and dazzlingly virtuosic Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday