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Superb literary sextet,
This review is from: Cloud Atlas (Paperback)
This is a book of genius that falls just the right side of the very fine line between it and gimmickry. It treads familiar paths to Mitchell's debut, 'Ghostwritten,' and might shine a little less brightly in comparison but it is still an impressive and absorbing collection of interwoven twelfths.
Six stories from six different genres are split in half (actually, the sixth story is told in its entirety, as befits the book's structure) but only hold their full value when considered part of one cohesive, if schizophrenic, work. A nineteenth century sailing ship yarn leads via a tale of love and composition in interwar Belgium, a 70s west-coast detective pastiche full of political intrigue (possibly the weakest part of the book), a very English parable of comeuppance in a comedic horror with slippers and a pipe, a breath-taking futuristic vision of synthetic humanity in New Korea to the post-apocalyptic centre of the work.
Recommended- but skip the film version unless Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant murdering a variety of accents is really your thing.