January Book of the Month: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

For January we'll be reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks! Ok, as a general rule I hate reading books that are now a major motion picture, however this book has been on my list for a while...

 

Book Description:

Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel, the third book by British author David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. It won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award, and was short-listed for the 2004 Booker Prize, Nebula Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, and other awards.

Cloud Atlas consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. The first five stories are interrupted at a key moment. After the sixth story, the other five stories are returned to and closed, in reverse chronological order, and each ends with the main character reading or observing the chronologically previous work in the chain. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the nineteenth century South Pacific.

 

Given the fact that it's now a movie, this book should be readily available everywhere, however it also means that there is an extremely long waiting list at the library...

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