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Structured rather akin to a Chinese puzzle or a set of Matrioshka dolls, there are dazzling shifts in genre and voice and the stories leak into each other with incidents and people being passed on like batons in a relay race. The 19th-century journals of an American notary in the Pacific that open the novel are subsequently unearthed 80 years later on by Frobisher in the library of the ageing, syphilitic maestro he's trying to fleece. Frobisher's waspish letters to his old Cambridge crony, Rufus Sexsmith, in turn surface when Rufus, (by the 1970s a leading nuclear scientist) is murdered. A novelistic account of the journalist Luisa Rey's investigation into Rufus' death finds its way to Timothy Cavendish, a London vanity publisher with an author who has an ingenious method of silencing a snide reviewer. And in a near-dystopian Blade Runner-esque future, a genetically engineered fast food waitress sees a movie based on Cavendish's unfortunate internment in a Hull retirement home. (Cavendish himself wonders how a director called Lars might wish to tackle his plight). All this is less tricky than it sounds, only the lone "Zachary" chapter, told in Pacific Islander dialect (all "dingos'n'ravens", "brekker" and "f'llowin'"s) is an exercise in style too far. Not all the threads quite connect but nonetheless Mitchell binds them into a quite spellbinding rumination on human nature, power, oppression, race, colonialism and consumerism. --Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brilliant story, if you loved the film you will love the Audiobook, I very rarely find a film that is equal too or better than the book but this story is definitely on equal terms... Read morePublished 2 days ago by moonwolf
This is an unusual and brilliant book.... a suprise every minute.Published 22 days ago by Elizabeth G Williams
I have never read a book like this and I enjoyed every page and plot. Can't think of any other stories like thisPublished 1 month ago by Callum Falconer
A great novel - weird (as with all of David Mitchell's books) but a great read.Published 1 month ago by Mr C J Campbell
I have just finished reading this and I seem to be at odds with most of the reviewers here. I was hooked by the second paragraph and as I progressed through the book (on my uphill... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quentin Teacake
Much better than the film! I read the book then watched the film a few months after. the book is FAR better!Published 1 month ago by d___y___