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Author Mitchell, David (David Stephen)

Title Cloud atlas : a novel / David Mitchell
Edition First U.S. edition
Published New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, [2004]


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 W'BOOL  820.914 M6813 A6/C  AVAILABLE
Description 509 pages ; 22 cm
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, inveigles 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, 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."
"But the story doesn't even end there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Fate and fatalism -- Fiction.
Reincarnation -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Novel
Fantasy fiction.
LC no. 2003069314
ISBN 0375507256 paperback acid-free paper