Cloud Atlas.....

(51 Posts)
BaconAndAvocado Tue 22-Jan-13 21:20:55

Just started this after loads of rave reviews from friends.

Finding it quite a challenging read, should I persevere?

stargirl1701 Tue 22-Jan-13 21:23:56

It's the only book I've ever given up on.

Zappo Tue 22-Jan-13 21:25:40

Yes do keep going. The first chapter is quite challenging but subsequent ones much more readable. (Letters from zedelghem is a particularly rollicking chapter)

I attempted this book several times (always giving up during the first chapter) before seeing it through.

I must admit I found the middle post apocalyptic book a very hard read and skip read it before charging through the second half at a rate of knots.

No - didn't like the book at all .... Can't see it working as a film either

Zappo Tue 22-Jan-13 21:26:55

My trick was to save it for my commute. I had a 45 minute bus journey so couldn't get distracted by anything and wasn't too tired. I couldn't read it at home or last thing at night.

timidviper Tue 22-Jan-13 21:27:36

I read it right through but I did find the later parts of it hard going. It is challenging but I hate to give up on a book.

Loveisblue Tue 22-Jan-13 21:27:52

Yes persevere - i am not one for writing long articulate posts. i found it hard going at first but it really stayed with me once I finished it. Looking forward to seeing the film and how it has been interpreted.

blondiep14 Tue 22-Jan-13 21:27:54

One of the few books I've ever given up on.
I dust it off and try again every now and then but never get 'sucked in'.

I've given up on it three times. But don't tell Cote, or she'll come and moan at me again!

Clawdy Tue 22-Jan-13 22:31:20

We read it at book group and were divided - loving or hating it. Have to say,I thought it was amazing.

Wolfiefan Tue 22-Jan-13 22:32:48

Read it. Hated it. No idea what it was about. Shan't bother with the film!

bigbadbarry Tue 22-Jan-13 22:33:58

Keep going, it is tough but wonderful

OneHolyCow Wed 23-Jan-13 11:16:15

I loved it, so I'd say keep going, it is absolutely worth it.

steppemum Wed 23-Jan-13 11:42:09

hmm, read it to the end. Was Ok, not a book I would recommend.

I did get into it eventually, it was a slow start, but well, not one of my favourites

PseudoBadger Wed 23-Jan-13 11:48:03

I loved it, and I usually have real issues with books written in dialect.

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 23-Jan-13 12:01:55

I persevered and wished I hadn't. Hated it but don't like to give up on a book if I've started it.

Tried and gave up on this book 3 different times.

Reading shouldn't be so joyless and bloody exhausting!

hackmum Wed 23-Jan-13 17:40:23

I thought it was fantastic and couldn't put it down. Ignore the naysayers, OP.

BadBuddha Wed 23-Jan-13 17:45:48

I really enjoyed it.... It's definitely different, but was sorry to finish it. DH gave up on it though - it's not to all tastes!

BadBuddha Wed 23-Jan-13 17:47:51

Oh, and I'm not one for plodding on if I'm really not enjoying it - life's too short grin

Thewhingingdefective Wed 23-Jan-13 17:56:29

It is challenging. I loved it though. Loads of layers to it. I read it for a reading group and it sparked a great discussion which probably cemented it as a 'great book' for me.

I may re-read it before I see the film.

webwiz Wed 23-Jan-13 18:04:23

This is the only book I've ever given up on.

BaconAndAvocado Wed 23-Jan-13 18:41:59

Crikey ! A bit of a Marmite read then?!

I'm about halfway through the first part set in Pacific, and its definitely challenging but beautifully written.

One of my New Years Resolutions is not to persevere with a book if its not shaping up for me. Belonging to a book group and having an increasingly large "to read" pile, life is too short!

That said, I do want to like this book!!

PseudoBadger Wed 23-Jan-13 20:01:18

Rather than give up on the whole book, perhaps people should consider giving up on a strand of the story. Then you can see you if like the next part, and go back if you want.

CoteDAzur Wed 23-Jan-13 22:11:14

Persevere! Yes, it is a challenging read, but also intelligent, ambitious, and very rewarding.

Here is the thread where I talked quite a bit about the themes running through the six stories of Cloud Atlas.

One day, Remus will actually read it and then I'll get to say "I told you so" smile

jkklpu Wed 23-Jan-13 22:13:08

Hated it; it gets worse not better. Sloosha's crossing is the worst.

CoteDAzur Wed 23-Jan-13 22:17:02

I would like to kindly ask all who have fully read and not appreciated Cloud Atlas to read through the short thread I linked to and see what they have missed smile

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 23-Jan-13 23:07:17

i kept going with it to the bitter end - it was a while ago now - cant remember it very well but i thought it was clever.

BaconAndAvocado Fri 25-Jan-13 20:51:40

Onto the second bit of the book, still very challenging but will definitely keep persevering !

jkklpu Fri 25-Jan-13 21:52:49

Did you spot the repeated and utterly inappropriate grammatical mistake that the main character in the first part keeps making, which suggests that it's the author himself who can't write properly (and that sub-editors are useless)?

Taffeta Fri 25-Jan-13 21:54:18

I loved it, and I have given up on loads of others.

Shakey1500 Fri 25-Jan-13 21:56:38

I gave up on it after about 30 pages.

McBalls Fri 25-Jan-13 22:00:49

I really liked it, wasn't too keen on the Luisa Rey chapter but particularly loved Orison of Sonmi.

Jkklpu - which do you mean?

CoteDAzur Fri 25-Jan-13 22:27:01

I'd like to hear about this repeated grammatical mistake, too.

Clawdy Fri 25-Jan-13 22:35:40

Me too,normally pick up on that sort of thing,certainly don't remember that.

PseudoBadger Fri 25-Jan-13 22:42:18

Surely if its a mistake repeated by one character, it could be part of their, erm, character? It is a diary after all...

jkklpu Fri 25-Jan-13 22:42:25

Pronoun trouble - keeps using "I" when it should be "me". Had it been in the futuristic section, it could have been an indication that this was a language evolution; but it was in the mouth of a character whose education would have meant that he would have spoken correctly. Very sloppy and really irritating.

CoteDAzur Fri 25-Jan-13 22:47:14

Examples, please.

Zappo Fri 25-Jan-13 23:29:05

Yes I'd be interested in hearing the examples. I've had a flick through Letters from zedelghem but couldn't find anthing or did you mean in Adam Ewing's diary.

echt Sat 26-Jan-13 06:45:49

Started this a few months ago, but stopped after 10 pages. Picked it up again on holiday last week - riveted so far, though madly looking for narrative/thematic clues as I go.

<Hopeless English teacher emoticon>

BaconAndAvocado Tue 29-Jan-13 19:56:43

Really enjoying it now, halfway into Zedelghem part and like I've arrived on terra firma, in a literary kinda way confused

Zappo Tue 29-Jan-13 20:55:54

Knew you'd enjoy this chapter (it's one of my favourites). If you like thrillers the next chapter is good too

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Jan-13 21:20:50

Each story/testimony in Cloud Atlas is written in a different literary genre and David Mitchell makes it look so easy.

BaconAndAvocado Tue 29-Jan-13 21:58:16

Ooh,goodie, I love thrillers! And yes David Mitchell is quite outstanding!

Taffeta Tue 29-Jan-13 22:05:42

I have retread an Orison of Somni many, many times. Love it.

BaconAndAvocado Sat 23-Feb-13 14:32:21

Phew! I'm nearing the end now and really glad I didn't give up on it!

My favourite stories have been Timothy Cavendish and Luisa Rey.

Going to see the film this week, hope they haven't slaughtered it.....

lamprey42 Tue 05-Mar-13 23:36:11

I found it a bit of a plod but I tend to get annoyed with multi-stranded books (always like one strand better). I loved his Number 9 dream though.

popflos Sat 09-Mar-13 09:41:37

approach it like six small books that happen to all be in wrapper.. although having done that i then waited for them all to collide a the end and make sense, not sure they did.. left a bit unsatisfied or maybe just its too clever. interested to see how the film deals with that.

CoteDAzur Sat 09-Mar-13 14:06:22

If you thought the book doesn't make sense, the film is unlikely to help. At least you know the stories, though. God help people who go to see that three-hour film without having read the book.

loulouppy Sun 10-Mar-13 17:47:55

loved the individual parts, but think the book as a whole was lost on me..

CoteDAzur Mon 11-Mar-13 19:09:43

Did you not think the stories connected?

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