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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?

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..

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