Breathtaking in scope, Cloud Atlas is one of those rare novels that both captivates the imagination and challenges the mind of its readers. Consisting of six intricately interwoven stories told from the viewpoint of their protagonists that span across space and time, Cloud Atlas introduces us to a varied list of fascinating characters, all connected in ways that they could not have initially foreseen. Adam Ewing, the unwilling traveler crossing the Pacific in the mid 18th century; Robert Frobisher, a disowned and penniless composer attempting to make his way in 1931 Belgium; Luisa Rey, a young idealistic journalist living in Buenas Yerbas, California, in 1975; Timothy Cavendish, the 65-year-old vanity press publisher on the run from his gangster creditors in present-day England; Sonmi~451, a genetically engineered clone slave sentenced to death for rebellion; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander living in a primitive post-apocalyptic future. Linked in ways they cannot imagine, the narrators of Cloud Atlas find their destinies are changed in ways both subtle and profound. Cloud Atlas offer a breathtaking meditation on humanity's dangerous inclination toward power, and what future may lie ahead as a result.
Winner of numerous literary awards including the prestigious British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award, Cloud Atlas is an intriguingly unique novel that you're unlikely to forget for quite some time.
From David Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee, award-winning
writer, and one of the featured authors in Granta’s “Best of Young
British Novelists 2003” issue, comes his highly anticipated third novel, a work
of mind-bending imagination and scope.
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a
disinherited composer leading a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars
Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity
publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery
server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the
nightfall of science and civilization—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear
each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are
changed in ways great and small.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the
boundaries of language, genre, and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s
dangerous will to power—and where it may lead us. Download and start listening now!