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Cloud Atlas is a string of six narratives that starts in the 19th century, and chronically moves into the future. The last story follows the path back, and the novel ends where it initially started. An award winning book, Cloud Atlas is brilliantly written.

Summary Of The Book

Cloud Atlas, published in 2004, consists of six stories, with six different narratives. Beginning from 1850, each story takes time forward and into a post-apocalyptic future. At the end of each tale, readers learn that the main character from the upcoming tale had been reading or observing the previous work. The first five stories are incomplete. The last one goes back into the past, and the book ends in 1850, a time from where Cloud Atlas had initially started, thus completing the other five tales.

The first story The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing (Part 1) begins in a remote Pacific Ocean Island, and revolves around Adam Ewing. The second is set in Zedelghem, Belgium in the year 1931. Titled Letters from Zedelghem (Part 1), this tale is about a poor British bisexual musician named Robert Frobisher who writes letters to his old lover Rufus Sixsmith, a resident of Cambridge. Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery (Part 1) is the third in the series, and its protagonist is a young journalist named Luisa Rey. This story, set in 1971, has been written like a thriller novel, and shows how Rey investigates a nuclear power plant which may be unsafe. She meets Rufus Sixsmith, who decides to help her out. The next story is about a 65 year old man who gets stuck in a nursing home. The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish Part 1 has a comical feel to it, and shows the adventures of the protagonist. An Orison of Sonmi~451 (Part 1) is the fifth story, and is set in the future. Sonmi~451 is a genetically engineered fabricant, and is a slave in a totalitarian state set in Nea So Copros, Korea. Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After is the last story of Cloud Atlas. Readers will realize that all the previous ones are interlinked, with their central point being the sixth narrative. Part II of each story lies in Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After, and readers are taken back to the first story.

Cloud Atlas is packed with drama, humour, fantasy, and thrills. This is a powerful book, and takes a deep look into the nature of mankind. It has won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award, and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award. Cloud Atlas was shortlisted listed of the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Nebula Award in 2004.

About David Mitchell

David Mitchell, born in 1969, is an English novelist. He graduated with an an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Kent.

His first novel, Ghostwritten, was published in 1999. His other works include number9dream, Black Swan Green, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Mitchell was selected to be amongst the 100 Most Influential People in The World by TIME magazine in 2003. In the same year, he became one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. The author currently lives with his family in Ireland.

Specifications of Cloud Atlas (English) (Paperback)

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Author David Mitchell
Book Details
Publisher Sphere
Imprint Sceptre
Publication Year 2008 March
ISBN-13 9780340822784
ISBN-10 0340822783
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 544 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.11 inch
Height 7.75 inch
Depth 1.45 inch
Weight 360 g
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Ankit
01 Nov 2012
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Marvellous

I have just finished reading it and I must say it is one of the best books I have read uptill now. The way all 6 stories are linked up asks the reader to salute David Mitchelle story telling. To the reader the first 6-7 pages may look hard but then the grip the book picks is something
to be watched for. The most interesting part is the way different language representations of English are being used to tell 6 different stories which range in different time zones. Also now the movie being released it adds a flavour to the reading part. It is a must read for those who love reading.

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Abhay
10 Sep 2011
An interesting book!

6 different though slightly inter-linked stories, spanning from the 1800's to a post-apocalyptic future, together displaying an underlying common theme of human nature. The first chapter may be hard for some readers but the whole book is rather eloquently written & will keep you hooked! A great buy for someone who wants to try out a new reading experience.

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Heet Shah
28 Jul 2014
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A different sort of novel.

The book's narration is in different way than the conventional narrative structure. It is spread over period of time across characters. It is not exactly my favorite kind of novel but it is queer. Although, everybody has different perceptions so a reader can judge if its good or bad for himself.

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Kunal Manchanda
07 May 2014
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Excellent Book

writing this line for the sake of completing at least hundred words
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Thank me later!

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Gireesh S
31 Aug 2013
interesting concept with six well written stories

This is a book which is very difficult to describe in any single genre. There are six stories (for lack of a single better word) in the book which are interconnected in several ways. Each of the story is set in a different time and place and each is presented in a different form - journal, letters, novel, interview etc. Each features different plots and different themes - adventure, music, passion, science fiction and each one is shown to be a link to the next story. There are many hints thrown throughout the book and there are many references to places or events that occur in other stories... ()

This is a book which is very difficult to describe in any single genre. There are six stories (for lack of a single better word) in the book which are interconnected in several ways. Each of the story is set in a different time and place and each is presented in a different form - journal, letters, novel, interview etc. Each features different plots and different themes - adventure, music, passion, science fiction and each one is shown to be a link to the next story. There are many hints thrown throughout the book and there are many references to places or events that occur in other stories...
This is a book which is very difficult to describe in any single genre. There are six stories (for lack of a single better word) in the book which are interconnected in several ways. Each of the story is set in a different time and place and each is presented in a different form - journal, letters, novel, interview etc. Each features different plots and different themes - adventure, music, passion, science fiction and each one is shown to be a link to the next story. There are many hints thrown throughout the book and there are many references to places or events that occur in other stories. But this book is not for the light of vocabulary or the casual reader merely seeking pleasure.

Note, I bought the original edition so consider this as a review for the book instead of this film tie in edition. Having watched the film, the book is much easier to follow than the film because there are fall less transitions and things are explained in much more detail.

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A different sort of novel.

The book's narration is in different way than the conventional narrative structure. It is spread over period of time across characters. It is not exactly my favorite kind of novel but it is queer. Although, everybody has different perceptions so a reader can judge if its good or bad for himself. (View complete review)

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Kunal Manchanda
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Excellent Book

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Gireesh S
31 Aug 2013
interesting concept with six well written stories

This is a book which is very difficult to describe in any single genre. There are six stories (for lack of a single better word) in the book which are interconnected in several ways. Each of the story is set in a different time and place and each is presented in a different form - journal, letter... (View complete review)

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Gladvin Dmello
29 May 2013
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Masterpiece!

Don't excuse yourself from reading this gem just because you have seen the movie. Its a whole different experience altogether! Beautifully woven, 6 lives are merged to create one fantastic piece of storytelling. (View complete review)

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Nicole Hu
10 Jan 2013
Wonderful Book

I read this after seeing the trailer of Cloud Atlas. It is truly an exceptional book. Although it takes a bit of time getting used to the language in all of the different plots, the author has beautifully adapted his writing style to suit each of the different times depicted in the book. Also, th... (View complete review)

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