Book Review Saturday – 'Cloud Atlas'

Image: screencrush.comSo, yes. ‘Cloud Atlas’. It’s far from being a new book, but it was a new book to me, when I read it a couple of months ago. I was warned, repeatedly, that it was ‘impossible’, ‘unreadable’, ‘too complicated’, and so on, so I did come to it with a certain amount of trepidation.

Also, a little bit of cold, hard fear.

Now, in the warm afterglow of having met the challenge of reading it, I wonder why so many people warned me off. It’s a big, whopping book – but it’s nothing to be scared of.

‘Cloud Atlas’ is a huge novel, full of characters and voices and ideas and time periods, but it is all connected. It’s connected through the plot that David Mitchell weaves around his characters, of course, but also through the larger ideas of shared humanity, the desire to live, the need for freedom, and the gaining of wisdom. All these things make the book easy to empathise with and understand, and they also keep you turning the pages.

Structurally, the book takes the form of six novellas, five of which are split in two; one half of these split novellas is told at the beginning of the book, and the other half (in reverse order) at the end. The middle novella, ‘Sloosha’s Crossin’ and Ev’rythin’ After’ is told in its entirety, like a ‘bridge’ across the middle of the book. The first story we come across is ‘The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing, ’ which tells the tale of a man on a nineteenth-century ship which is sailing around the Chatham Islands. The story takes in ideas of slavery, colonialism, brutal maritime history, and – overall – the ways in which people will use one another to get what they want. It is told in the form of a diary, and its dialect, language, and historical sensibilities are pitch-perfect in their accuracy. It reads like a long-lost primary historical document, and it’s engrossing.


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  • Avatar Ethoipian prince Where can i read cloud atlas online for free?
    Jul 18, 2013 by Ethoipian prince | Posted in Books & Authors

    Just saw the movie and i want to read the book. only can get access to the manga version,does anyone know where i can read the novel for free

    • There is no FREE and LEGAL site to read the novel for free. If your public library bought ebook rights through something like overdrive, then you can legally read it for free by typing in your library card number.

      Authors deserve to be paid for their work.

  • Avatar anyaxamazing Question about Cloud Atlas movie/book?
    May 30, 2013 by anyaxamazing | Posted in Movies

    This may make me sound really dumb, and my question is quite confusing so I will try to explain the best I can.

    I recently watched the film Cloud Atlas, and it was to my understanding that the stories were a …ting reincarnation? For example, in the second story, the composer's assistant is reading the lawyer's diary from the first story. I can see how this interlinks, but what on earth does this have to do with reincarnation?

    • It's saying how we are all interlinked and bound to certain people in some way even through many different lives.