Cloud Atlas

By David Mitchell

Rating: 3 stars

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this book. It consisted of six short-ish stories, five of which were split up, so the book works a bit like a a stack, using a computing metaphor (so the first section and the last were the two halves of the same story). Supposedly, the stories are connected, but I’m not convinced, except in very tenuous ways (although you could argue that the same person is showing up again and again, in different incarnations).

As others who have read this book have commented, the SF sections towards the end are very interesting and leave me wanting to know more about those societies, but the device that Mitchell used for the novel didn’t really work in my case. It was a fairly enjoyable journey but the destination wasn’t really worth it (unlike Cryptonomicon, another book with no real destination but a stunning journey).

Book details

ISBN: 9780340822777
Publisher: Sceptre
Year of publication: 2004

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