Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award in 2004. The movie adaptation, which is released in the UK on February 22nd, has elicited mixed reviews so far: at its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival it received a 10 minute standing ovation, while The Guardian stated "At 163 minutes, Cloud Atlas carries all the marks of a giant folly, and those unfamiliar with the book will be baffled".
I've read the book before and loved it, and I'm interested to see how I feel as I read it a second time (approx 7 years later). I have a feeling that the film is going to be equally polarizing in our group, and I'm excited for the discussion on 18th March. In particular I'm intrigued as to whether you see the movie or read the book first affects your enjoyment of the other.
The paperback book is available at www.amazon.co.uk/dp/[masked], and of course, all your local book stores. The movie is showing at most major theaters from Friday. You can watch the trailer here: