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Let's discuss CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell

Michael Chabon compares David Mitchell's novel to "a series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book," and goes on to say, "I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds." The novel consists of six suspenseful stories, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, and each broken mid-action and then concluded in the second half of the book. Two connectors are first, that every story is in some way "read" by a character in another and second, an implication that every central character is a reincarnation of a previous character. Readers will want to see the film for comparison to the book (many say it makes the plot easier to understand). Readers may also want to dip into the two novels that David Mitchel wrote followint this one -- the straightforward Black Swan Green about a boy with a stutter and his 2010 novel, The Thousand Autums of jacob de Zoet, a "straight-up, lilnear, third-person historical novel," according to Dave Eggers who says, "Postmodern it's not." But Cloud Atlas certainly is. Come and enjoy our analysis and reactions.

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  • Janna

    Thanks to Carol for leading an interesting discussion of Cloud Atlas. It was a great idea to combine the library and Flyleaf book clubs for the meeting since it brought in a variety of opinions. I am now a David Mitchell fan and will be reading his books as time allows. Maybe Flyleaf could add A Visit from the Goon Squad...

    June 18, 2014

    • Evelyn D.

      I believe it was an earlier pick for the book club. It is an odd book, as Tracey says, but it's thought-provoking -- like Cloud Atlas. BTW, I see that David Mitchell will have a new book coming out in the fall. It's called the Bone Clock. I put a pre-order on it.

      June 18, 2014

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    A former member

    I loved a Visit From the Goon Squad as well. What an odd book, but it worked!

    June 18, 2014

  • Evelyn D.

    Great facilitator and good discussion. I mentioned a recent book that also combines multiple voices and genres. It's Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad [Note: the Goon Squad is time]. Nice we included discussion of the movie as well.

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Janna

    Loved it, loved it, loved it. Can't wait to hear people's thoughts. We will miss you Kate.

    June 16, 2014

  • Kate C.

    Wish i could make it but we just got home from a few weeks in Italy and I've not read the book. I know I'll miss a good discussion. Enjoy1

    June 15, 2014

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