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Cloud Atlas - What literary influences did you notice?

D.K. N.
user 81286042
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 6
I'm right in the thick of Cloud Atlas, and can't help but notice that for each section of the novel, I perceive strong literary influences, and styles of writing. Is anyone else noticing this?

Ewing's tale reminds me of Herman Melville
Frobisher's tale reminds me of Henry Miller
Luisa Rey - ??? (I don't read many thrillers or mysteries)
Cavendish - John Kennedy Toole
Sonmi 451 - Phillip K Dick
Zachary/Meronym - Little bit of Faulkner, little bit of Stephen King

I'm just curious if other people are detecting other influences.
user 8007769
Hillsborough, NC
Post #: 14
Hi Drew, I'll have to answer your question about the Luisa section once I finish the book. I do read a lot of mysteries.
Beth L
user 71130492
Durham, NC
Post #: 13
Have you read any Dan Brown books? I haven't in a while but Luisa Rey's mystery reminds me of his writing.
user 49820192
Chapel Hill, NC
Post #: 20
I read this great article about David Mitchell that came out I believe in early 2010, after Cloud Atlas was written. It gives a brief bio of the author, including influences on his work. Both Nabokov and Murakami are mentioned. I think their writing is present in C.A.
He also mentions John Banville as an influence on his writing, which Drew mentioned.

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