Help me to persevere with Cloud Atlas!

(85 Posts)
ipredicttrouble Sat 28-Sep-13 14:40:38

A number of friends have recommended this book so decided to start it this week. But, man, I'm struggling with it. Give me some positive words to inspire me to keep reading!

eurochick Sat 28-Sep-13 14:49:06

I did, but it never got any better for me.

Polpotsbabyteeth Sat 28-Sep-13 15:14:30

I got to the end but sadly I'll never get those hours back. Boring drivel.

But, the book has plenty support on here and apparently you have to be very clever to 'get' it smile

You need Cote.

I thought it was awful and gave up, but she has never forgiven me.

I am v clever though. wink

hackmum Sat 28-Sep-13 16:11:26

Well, I loved it. But if it's not your thing, it's not your thing...

How far have you got? It's written as five different genres, so maybe you'll find one to your liking!

ipredicttrouble Sat 28-Sep-13 16:51:17

I'm only on Chapter 1! And it really isn't doing anything for me. I don't like to 'give up' on a book though.

CoteDAzur Sat 28-Sep-13 17:46:57

It's a fantastic book. Incredibly well thought out & ambitious, with common themes running through six stories written in the styles of their moments in time. #1 is written like a Joseph Conrad book. One is a farcical comedy, another a detective thriller. #5 is dystopian and #6 is post-apocalyptic.

Remus says she doesn't like Cloud Atlas because she hasn't actually read it smile A mystery, since she is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic fan at heart and would likely have loved those stories with a passion if she had read them.

ipredicttrouble Sat 28-Sep-13 17:49:13

I shall have another crack at it this evening. I think if I can get past the first story I might be ok!?

Floralnomad Sat 28-Sep-13 17:49:20

I couldn't get into it at all ,it's one of only 2 books that I've given up on .

nkf Sat 28-Sep-13 17:51:02

I could barely get through five pages.

MarjorieAntrobus Sat 28-Sep-13 18:18:05

I got marooned in the middle for weeks, but I did eventually finish it. I liked parts of it a lot but, I have to admit blush, that I didn't "get" it until I saw the film; that pulled it together for me.

bunkygirl Sat 28-Sep-13 18:44:11

First bit its really hard going but if you persevere its worth it. One if the best books I've ever read..

I really enjoyed the book. Especially the sci-fi bit and the bit about New Zealand.

A good read. Was tempted to watch the film afterwards but worried it'll spoil it.

Thewhingingdefective Sat 28-Sep-13 22:19:44

I thought it was hard work, but worth it. Awesome book. Loved the layer upon layer of cleverness.

SmallBee Sat 28-Sep-13 22:22:27

I LOVED it. Some of the different stories were harder to stick with than others but it is worth it in the end, even the difficult to stick with ones turn out in a way I enjoyed.
I read it before I watched the film but typing this out makes me realise I never got round to the film......

BeQuicksieorBeDead Sat 28-Sep-13 22:28:20

I love that book... Definitely in my top five. Give it a chance - my dp got halfway through and gave up, and since then has no faith in my recommendations! If you get halfway and still don't like it, perhaps you won't... It grabbed me quite early on as I remember.

And I am not supremely intelligent. ask anyone.

notyummy Sat 28-Sep-13 22:29:00

I loved it and I wouldn't say I'm that clever tbh.

I thought it was fantastic and had real creativity-envy for weeks (I wish I could write sad).

If you find it too daunting, try 'Ghostwritten' by David Mitchell. It's a fair bit shorter, but uses some of the same techiques (different stories that hang together).

Cote, gawn, link to your thread in which you interpret Cloudatlas so well <<sucks up>> smile

Tabby1963 Sat 28-Sep-13 22:40:35

I've watched most of the film (missed the first part) and couldn't figure it out, but loved it anyway. I bought the book on my Kindle last night and started reading today. I can recognise aspects of the film in the book, which really helps. I am enjoying it so far, and looking forward to finally getting to understand what it is actually about lol. Hopefully, one day it will be out on video and I can get my own copy to watch again...and again.

CakeBotherer Sat 28-Sep-13 22:42:16

Ghost Written is far better than Cloud Atlas.

jkklpu Sat 28-Sep-13 22:43:31

Don't. Ditch it now while you ahve the chance. Really, especially if you're anywhere near starting Sloosha's crossing.

Wonderstuff Sat 28-Sep-13 22:44:38

I found the first half hard going, but really liked it as it tied all together, I would keep going, I did skim read some of the first chapters, it's one I want to go back to and re-read.

Oh, I am SO going to re-read it. Again. blush
Not v clever, me, clearly.

I did find the patois book a bit hard going, but it is amazing how I got used to it.

I suppose it depends on how avid a reader you are - I'd read anything, but CloudAtlas (and Ghostwritten and Thousand Autumns of Jan de Whatsit) stayed with me for a long time.
I gave up on 'Ulysses' after many, many attempts to read it though...

FreakoidOrganisoid Sat 28-Sep-13 22:51:06

I have started this so many times and never finished it. Don't seem tobe able to get into it at all

CoteDAzur Sat 28-Sep-13 23:04:50

Pacific smile

Here is the thread where I go over what I saw as the main themes running through the 6 stories and what I thought the author was getting at. All IMHO, of course.

I wrote that stuff after about the 10th thread where some people said they didn't get anything out of it.

OP - Maybe wait until you are at least 1/3 into the book to read that thread, though.

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