Cloud Atlas Readalong: It Begins
Thursday, March 1, 2012Posted by Melissa (Avid Reader)
The readalong of Cloud Atlas, which I'm hosting with Care's Online Book Club, officially begins today. The first post will be up on March 17th. There's still plenty of time to join in.
Here's the book summary from Publisher's Weekly:
"A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging 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 civilisation -- 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.
At once audacious, dazzling, pretentious and infuriating, Mitchell's third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Like Mitchell's previous works, Ghostwritten and number9dream (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), this latest foray relies on a kaleidoscopic plot structure that showcases the author's stylistic virtuosity. Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place, each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book. Mitchell's ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the "novel as puzzle" will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work."
Here's the schedule.
MARCH 17: Read pages 1-236 and post your thoughts or join in our discussion at Care's blog.
APRIL 2: Read pages 237-509 and discuss your thoughts here at my blog.
I'm officially intrigued. I can't wait to discuss it with you all.
Also, Cloud Atlas is being made into a movie with Tom Hanks. Here's an interesting article about it.