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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

About the book

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies . . .
Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power, and where it will lead us.

Reviewed by Sherfield English Page Turners:

The group as a whole found this a difficult and challenging book to read- 2 or 3 did not finish it. The spoken word edition with its different voices pointed up the cultural and era changes well. The linking between each section was intriguing and the Sonmi and Timothy Cavendish stories provoked most discussions as to whether they were real or hallucinatory.

Star rating: **

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3 thoughts on “Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell”

  1. Review by Park Road Readers:
    We found this a harder read than we thought it would be and ultimately less satisfying then the hype had let us to believe. There was no Eureka moment where we felt the six stories had any real connection with or impact on each other. Though very clever and well written, we wondered what the point was. Some of us also found it a little too gritty and gruesome at times.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Abbotts Ann Reading Group:
    Only 4 out of 11 actually read it! The seven found it hard to read and most didn’t get past first chapter. The few who read it did enjoy second half. Didn’t get the connection between stories. Best stories …………..of Timothy Cavendish and Louisa Rey ………. Why was it ………..who read it?
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Insync Reading Group
    Only half the members had read the whole book as it’s a big tome, but the rest had each read a couple of the “layers” and all had found those fascinating. Some had loved the different speech rhythms, spelling of old words and invented new ones. Others found this difficult. Having discussed how the layers interconnected we then watched the film which really pulled things together.
    A fascinating book well worth spending time on.
    *** 3 stars

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