Title: Cloud Atlas
Author: David Mitchell
Published: Random House, 2004
Summary: Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I had been interested in reading Cloud Atlas since I saw the movie a couple of years ago. I thought the movie was really interesting so I decided that I needed to read the book. Interestingly, the book reads almost exactly like the movie. From memory there are a few differences but for the most part David Mitchell's book is almost the same as the movie.
I really enjoyed reading through the book and seeing how the story was set up and how David Mitchell's writing told the story. But in all honesty I feel like I don't have a whole lot to say about the book because it really does read like the movie and so I already knew what would happen and how everything connected together.
Having only read one other book of David Mitchell's before I can say that after reading this one and that one, I'm impressed with the way that Mitchell can write different characters and different genres. Cloud Atlas takes place through quite a few different times and it's very clear which one is which and each is written so well.
Overall I really enjoyed reading Cloud Atlas and thought it was really well-written. Last year I read Ghostwritten and didn't entirely love it so I'm glad that Cloud Atlas is a huge improvement. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of David Mitchell's work in the future.