About the book
An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what links him to a jazz buff in downtown Tokyo? Or to a Mongolian gangster, a woman on a holy mountain who talks to a tree, and a late night New York DJ?
Set at the fugitive edges of Asia and Europe, Ghostwritten weaves together a host of characters, their interconnected destinies determined by the inescapable forces of cause and effect. A magnificent achievement and an engrossing experience, David Mitchell’s first novel announced the arrival of one of the most exciting writers of the twenty-first century.
Reviewed by BBC Reading Group:
It felt like short stories, some better than others mostly in different styles. Most readers couldn’t get links. It was felt philosophical viewpoints were reflected. Generally it was considered an unconventional book.
Star rating: ** to ***