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5.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something?, 31 July 2005
This review is from: Ghostwritten (Paperback)
I've read all the reviews here, and maybe I am missing something here. My take on the book is that all nine sections are completely related - each of the narrators has been possessed by a 'spirit' at some point, thus the novel is 'Ghostwritten' as it is the 'spirit' writing the stories of the people it inhabits? Maybe I am way off track. One of the spirits narrates one chapter, and reveals that it inhabited the woman on Holy Mountain in the previous chapter. At the end of the book in the Night Train section, a spirit is a caller on to the radio show and when asked 'How many are you?' it replies 'Five that I've encountered. Three others I've heard of' then says 'They squander their gift. They transmigrate into human chaff for hosts, and meditate upon nothingness upon mountains'. Surely this is the connection between the stories that makes them a whole stand-alone novel? I admit I may be totally wrong, and it took me a few days to figure it out! I loved the book, though I did find the Clear Island chapter not as strong as the rest, and would recommend David Mitchell to anyone. Whether his books work or not is up to you, but the guy is a genius simply for what he attempts to do with the novel in today's 'chick lit' and 'lad lit' saturated marketplace.
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