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Cloud Atlas.....

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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.

Itsjustafleshwound Tue 22-Jan-13 21:25:47

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.

BunnyLebowski Wed 23-Jan-13 12:02:32

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

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