Book Review: Cloud Atlas

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author: David Mitchell
ISBN: 978-1444761788

A Matryoshka novel. Like those staples of Russian souvenirs, there are stories nested within stories. Within stories. But unlike those wooden dolls, each level ties in with the one that comes before and after. A history unfolding in layers – perhaps an onion would be a better metaphor.

No – forget talking about its structure, just enjoy the writing. Each story is well-written – each in a different style, appropriate to its period of history or future history. That’s the impression that stays, even when you’ve forgotten about the trick of nesting them.

A great book, but not for the faint-hearted.

Personal read: 4 stars
Reading group read: 4 stars

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