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review Cloud Atlas ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¾ [PDF / Epub] ★ Cloud Atlas Author David Mitchell – Danpashley.co.uk Roman castigator al British Book Literary Fiction Award si nominalizat la Booker Prize Nebula Award si Arthur C Clarke AwardRomanul Atlasul norilor traseaza o harta la scara mare a pasiunilor omenesti Roman caAticei istorii orale a unei insule postapocaliptice Planurile se intretaie in puncte nevralgice care sunt de fapt marile teme ale romanului vointa de putere canibalismul civilizatiei felul in care trecutul e mereu rescris de catre cei care stapanesc prezentul Dens dar translucid grav dar colorat Atlasul norilor exploreaza violenta mai multor lumi care o alcatuiesc pe a noastra pornind de la ideea ca orice credinta e un camp de batal. At the Museum of Science in Boston there is an exhibit just outside the doors of the Planetarium that demonstrates—through a series of adjacent panels—the scale of the Earth in relation to the universe at large The first panel shows the Earth’s location in the Solar System as a microscopic dot mind you which is followed by a second panel showing the Solar System’s location in the Milky Way also microscopic The third panel is of the galaxy’s location in its Supercluster or whateverthefuck it’s called and so forth and so on concluding with a final panel depicting the entire observable universe Reading Cloud Atlas is like zooming out from a point on the Earth to the edge of the universe and then back in again as represented by those aforementioned panels Do we need a visual aid This novel of course has little to do with the cosmos but the analogy is fitting for describing the vastness of its scope It is a hugely ambitious novel connecting characters through space and time from Adam Ewing’s mid nineteenth century voyage from the Chatham Islands to Sonmi451’s ascent to sentience at an indeterminate period in Korea’s future and several places in between The novel then goes even further into the future so far in fact that it becomes indistinguishable from the past and like the reverse zoom in the video above the novel collapses back in on itself ending exactly where it began “Yay Old Uns’ Smart mastered sicks miles seeds an’ made miracles ord’nary but it din’t master one thing nay a hunger in the hearts o’ humans yay a hunger for ” Cloud Atlas is about human slavery and captivity as it exists in all its forms at all points in time Throughout history humans have enslaved each other on the basis of skin color and racial background religious beliefs and cultural or ethnic differences The weak have been enslaved to the strong the old to the young and the poor to the well to do This novel goes a step further by exploring the concept of knowledge and how it relates to the socioeconomic hierarchy of the future Knowledge is all that separates us from savagery and yet it is our most transient asset I am probably making this book sound like a course in sociology though it is anything but Cloud Atlas is a brilliantly constructed novel delineating the cyclicality of human civilization and it is written by someone who has immediately become one of my favorite authors In fact David Mitchell’s only flaw is that he is indecisive Unable to choose among the various genres of fiction available he ends upwriting them all Cloud Atlas is historical fiction it is a dark comedy it is a crime thriller it is science fiction it is a post apocalyptic dystopiaThe middle chapter while the most difficult to read is easily my favorite In Sloosha’s Crossin’ an’ Ev’rythin’ After humanity’s perpetual uest for domination provides the very spark needed to create and sustain civilization However this uest is a double edged sword that becomes its own downfall since domination is a self defeating goal and it is this downfall that ultimately causes civilization to collapse But despite its bleak forecasts Cloud Atlas inspires a glimmer of hope for our future for as insignificant as one person may be as much as one fathoms his life to have no impact greater than that of a single drop in a limitless ocean the uestion is posed “Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops” The Milky Way’s Galactic Center© 2009 Serge Brunier The Sky of the Earth

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All autumn with the release date of movie adaptation of Cloud Atlas fast approaching interest in the novel among my Goodreads friends has been high I have not seen many subdued reactions Fans of Mitchell discuss his ability adeptly to assume so many different voices and styles the intricacy of the novel’s structure and the relevance of its themes for today Detractors have dismissed Cloud Atlas as gimmicky a work by a much hyped writer who is showing off his style but neglecting to anchor it in themes of substance And some readers simply found his shifts in voice tediousI recently re read Cloud Atlass bearing in mind both reactions to the novel I also remembered my first time reading it I was mesmerized by Mitchell’s ability to pay homage to six very different genres and voices in the six novellas that make up Cloud Atlas I delighted in tracing connections and interconnections among the different sections of the novel I was entranced by Mitchell’s high wire act Mitchell structures Cloud Atlas as follows six novellas are organized in chronological order The first five break off abruptly in the middle of their respective stories The sixth novella “Sloosha’s Crossin’” appears in its entirety in the center of the novel After its conclusion Mitchell moves in reverse chronological order through the remaining five novellas bringing each to a conclusion but also providing numerous points of connection and resonance among all six novellas The novellas are as follows The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing tracing the travels of Adam Ewing a notary who is sailing to Australia and New Zealand in the 1850s and who comes face to face with human greed on individual and communal levels;Letters from Zedelghem the composer Robert Frobisher writing to his friend Rufus Sixsmith about his experiences in post World War I Belgium as he seeks fame and fortune while negotiating a precarious relationship with a famous composer at the end of his career;Halflives The First Luisa Rey Mystery Luisa Rey a young investigative reporter seeks to carry out her father’s legacy while combating the corporate greed and corruption of Seaboard Power Inc in Reagan era California;The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish a vanity publisher gains and loses a fortune and loses his freedom in England; An Orison of Sonmi 451 Sonmi 451 a genetically modified being or fabricant shares her memories of her uest for knowledge and her fight against government sanctioned murder in the name of corporate greed; Sloosha’s Crossin’ An’ Ev’rythin’ After Zachry a Pacific Islander who is a member of the Valleymen tells about his experiences with Meronym a Prescient as they seek past knowledge and combat the savagery of the Kona and devastation by plague in the future With my second reading of the novel I delved deeper than focusing on its structure I focused on themes Did Mitchell have the content to support his style and techniue or was Cloud Atlas all style and no substance After a careful re reading I concluded that Mitchell’s approach to writing Cloud Atlas is successful not simply as an exercise in writing style but because the style and structure support his exploration of central themes of critical importance to 21st century readers Knowledge in Cloud Atlas History Language Belief Memory and ForgettingIn a 2004 interview in the Washington Post David Mitchell provided some insight into his main interests in writing Cloud Atlas After reading a reference to the Moriori in Jared Diamond’s Guns Germs and Steel Mitchell became fascinated with the tribe who lived in the Chatham Islands of New Zealand He researched them and visited the Chatham Islands as well The Moriori appear in Cloud Atlas as Ewing meets them and attempts to come to terms with the many forces that overpower them Western missionaries in search of souls whalers in search of profit and Maori exercising their power over the Moriori through force However as Mitchell describes the Moriori’s influence appears throughout the novel as a main influence for a central theme “Knowledge can be forgotten as easily as perhaps easily than it can be accrued As a people the Moriori ‘forgot’ the existence of any other land and people but their own” This led to Mitchell’s first theme in Cloud Atlas how does knowledge transform over time from generation to generation How are we shaped not only by what we remember from the past but also by what we forget or rework Why is it so important for us to be able to tell stories about the past and to know the conclusion of those stories Mitchell’s interest was fueled in part by his being a father and wondering what the future would hold for his child but also by his interest in history Moriori people 1877Spirit Grove Hapupu Chatham IslandsAs a novelist Mitchell explores these uestions while also paying homage to different genres of writing and in some cases specific books that were particularly inspiring to him See the Washington Post interview linked above for a list of these influences However these voices are not simply an opportunity for him to demonstrate his ability to shapeshift as a writer A uotation from this interview gave me insights into the significance of the different voices that he adopts in Cloud Atlas “I learned that language is to the human experience what spectography is to light Every word holds a tiny infinity of nuances a genealogy a social set of possible users and that although a writer must sometimes pretend to use language lightly he should never actually

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Cloud AtlasRoman castigator al British Book Literary Fiction Award si nominalizat la Booker Prize Nebula Award si Arthur C Clarke AwardRomanul Atlasul norilor traseaza o harta la scara mare a pasiunilor omenesti survolate intr un periplu halucinant care porneste din Pacificul de Sud aflat sub spectrul colonizarii in secolul al XIX lea si ajunge in viitorul postapocaliptic Sase povestitori secreta tot atatea universuri despartite de timp si spa. Several short stories that on their own are relatively weak The author has linked them together tenuously with some mistakenly profound pseudo religious nonsense and a tattoo An interesting idea let down by the poor uality of the writing Pretentious twaddle of the highest order This book seems to be one of those hoaxes to call out hack reviewers I'm slightly puzzled by the fact that Mitchell hasn't come forward yet six years after publicationHe hits all the usual clichés that are the hallmark of the great modern novel The whole thing is a pretentious construction of six separate stories with the protagonists in each being incarnations of each other and ending up in possession of the story of the previous one in some wayThe first one is the story of some American lawyer on a ship in the Pacific some time in the 1850s It's supposed to be a journal but it's a hideously unconvincing one If it wasn't intentional I don't know why these pretentious cockpouches never seem to be able to manage a decent pastiche; it's as if actually reading anything they didn't write themselves is beneath them Replacing every instance of and with trying to use outdated vocabulary incorrectly most of the time; in the four pages where he repeatedly uses the word kerchief before forgetting it exists again; some word of the day calendar is probably responsible for that one he inexplicably seems to be under the impression it's short for handkerchief and spells it with a prepended apostrophe and just sprinkling racism over everything isn't good enoughThe fact that it's rife with anachronisms doesn't helpThe second story takes the form of letters written by an English twat in the 1930s who moved to Belgium to escape debt It's probably completely forgettable to non Belgians but a special kind of annoying to me Mitchell managed to spell Zedelgem as Zedelghem which was indeed the correct spelling before the spelling reform of 1946 but uses the modern spelling for everything else I don't know enough about the spelling reforms of French in the 20th century to say if he made the same mistake there but I'm guessing he didSomewhere along the way this English twat finds the diary of the American twat for no good narrative reason because that's what passes for plot coherenceThe third story is an attempt at an action spy thriller type novel set in 1975 the link with the previous one being the addressee of the letters who passes them on to the protagonist of this one It's as forgettable as the fourth one which is something about some old guy who's sent the manuscript of this novel in the mail Somewhere along the way a writer throws a reviewer off a balcony I don't knowThe fifth is where he really shines it's set in the unspecified future and the world has turned into the tritest most derivative dystopia imaginable It has everything Corporate overlords genetically engineered slaves cannibalism giant totalitarian conspiracies cutesy spelling gimmicks and neologisms anything you could want It's so horrifically transparent it makes Snow Crash look like a masterpiece It's even set in CoreaThe final one is obviously the obligatory post apocalyptic one where the protagonist of the last one is worshipped like a goddess It would be merely tedious if not for the ridiculous and completely unnecessary apostrophes everywhere which render it actively obnoxious and pretty much unreadable Initially at least because Mitchell doesn't have the attention span needed to keep it up for a whole chapterAfter that he goes through the entire list in reverse order again because he hates you and then at the very end he tries to make the obligatory vapid point I forget what it was; something about drops in the ocean slaps a suitably pretentious title onto the whole thing and ships it off to his publishers and watches the money roll inSo yes if this isn't a deliberate hoax it's a violently shit novel and a new low in post modern self indulgence I'm not at all surprised at the reviews it's received either way